Thanks to UncleTobys for this sample.
I watch a lot of procedural police dramas. It’s one of many horrible things I do to balance out the good I try and put out in the world. Because life is about balance.
It’s also pretty rough when you’re not able to contact the person who swapped you anymore. Add onto that it’s from Australia, and you know nothing about that place save for biology, various cultural things you’ve picked up, a few documentaries, and Crocodile Dundee once a week as a child.
From what I can tell, Starward is a distillery in Australia that has been around for about 11 years. They use Australian barrels and barley, and are in their 4th year of production. So still a young distillery.
There were limited releases from them over the years, and one of them was the New World Projects Starward Limited Release, a young whisky aged in a rather larger PX sherry cask. Unlike other limited releases, this one wasn’t cask strength.
That’s about all I can piece together here. Guess I shouldn’t try to commit the perfect murder anytime soon. What with having morals and all.
Also I’d be shit at it.
Let’s see how this tastes then, shall we?
Price: Never makes it to Ontario without thieves getting it
Description: Pedro Ximinez Sherry Cask #2
Batch No. 151010-WH
Number of Bottles: 1514
Colour: 7.5YR 7/8
Nose: Orange, grapefruit, cloves, ginger, papaya, basil, peach, alcohol
Lots of sherry influence. Good amount of fruit, quite acidic, and just the right amount of sweetness from the papaya.
Wish this had more spice. The spice lingers around the outside like the voyeurs at an orgy. Sure, they are part of the experience, but they aren’t joining in. Some alcohol burn here, which isn’t too pleasant. This is a rough nose which needs some work.
Taste: Red licorice, black pepper, orange Sourz alcohol, ginger, cereal
Fruity. A lot calmer than the nose. More balanced. It does have some “let’s do shots” flavours in there though.
I’ve been told I don’t get “white girl wasted” anymore, so maybe it’s not for me. But it’s certainly unique, I’ll give it that.
Finish: Burnt caramel, pear, brown sugar, sulphur, ginger, brine
Lots of burnt flavours here. Some good, some over the top. It’s the main flavour I’d pick out.
Now as someone who grew up around French Canadians and their love of burnt caramel, burnt cheese, and just picking at those things after the food is done, I liked it. You may not.
Conclusion: A sweet, if young and brash, dram. Not overly sickly sweet at all. There are some rough elements to this one. It has the PX cask down well, but… something is just not right. Or rather something is not ready.
This is a mixture of things. It’s a unique, nice dram with flaws. I think lowering the Abv was a mistake, but they ended up making money off of it, so maybe it was worth it. The dram needs more age to it, more time to grow.
Makes me want to try more Starward stuff, though. So maybe it worked.
World whisky review #198, Australia review #8, Whisky Network review #938