This Australian whisky is made at the New World Whisky Distillery in Victoria. Founded by David Vitale in 2004, the distillery has been gaining global recognition with their whiskies. Diageo has even invested in the distillery recently, making the brand even more popular. The Starward New Malt whisky is the first release of the distillery. It is made using Australian malted barley, Australian water, and aged in Apera (Australian fortified wine) casks. As these casks are relatively similar to sherry casks, this whisky is comparable to a sherried cask whisky.
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: The aroma of a candy shop is evident with the first nose, followed by fresh fruits such as pears, green apples, golden raisins and of caramel cream spiced cake. The sweetness is not overpowering and relatively pleasant. (16 points)
Palate: The sweet liquid rolls thickly on the tongue, just like golden syrup on a malty gingerbread. Notes of cherry jam, liquorice and nutmeg are also evident. (16 points)
Body: Sweet and slightly spicy, the whisky is fresh and well-balanced with its complexity. The pleasant warmth coming through towards the end adds a plus to the whisky. (30 points)
Finish: A medium finish that is sweet and fresh. Hints of minty chocolate shavings ends the experience really well. (15 points)
Total Grade: 77 points