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AUSTRALIAN
SINGLE MALT WHISKY

ELEMENTALLY MATURED BY
MELBOURNE’S DYNAMIC CLIMATE

S p i r i t s

Cask Strength Boulevardier

Cask Strength Boulevardier

  • 700ml
  • 63%

$95

Starward Cap

Starward Cap

  • O/S

$30

R e c i p e s

HOMING PIGEON

HOMING PIGEON

Ingredients

  • 45ml Starward Solera
  • 20ml Lime
  • 20ml Honey water (equal parts honey and water)
  • 6 Mint leaves

Method

Shake liquid ingredients, strain into a coupe glass, top up with ginger beer and garnish with a sprig of mint.

BATTLE FOR NOLA

BATTLE FOR NOLA

Ingredients

  • 60ml Starward Solera
  • 10ml Sugar syrup
  • 2 Dashes absinthe
  • 4 Dashes Peychauds bitters
  • 2 Dashes orange bitters

Method

Stir all ingredients, strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.

WHISKY GRAPEFRUIT COLLINS

WHISKY GRAPEFRUIT COLLINS

Ingredients

  • 45ml Starward Solera
  • 15ml Aperol
  • 15ml Lime
  • 20ml Grapefruit
  • 10g Sugar

Method

Shake all ingredients, strain into a tall collins glass, top up with soda and garnish with mint and lemon.

MANHATTAN

MANHATTAN

Ingredients

  • 50ml Starward Wine Cask
  • 20ml Sweet vermouth
  • 2 Dashes angostura bitters

Method

Stir all ingredients, strain into a chilled coupe and drop in a cherry.

BRUNSWICK FIZZ

BRUNSWICK FIZZ

Ingredients

  • 50ml Starward Wine Cask
  • 20ml Sweet Vermouth
  • 30ml Lemon
  • 15ml Simple Syrup (two parts water to one part sugar)
  • Egg White

Method

Shake once without ice, shake again with ice, strain into a tall collins glass and top up with soda.

S t o r y

Copper pot stills

MODERN AUSTRALIAN WHISKY

David Vitale, our founder, started off with a simple vision; create a uniquely Australian whisky we can offer the world with pride. Born and bred in Melbourne, he was inspired to create a spirit that reflects his home town – from its culture to it’s famed ‘four seasons in a day’ temperature swings. It is a city surrounded by some of Australia’s leading wine regions – all within a day’s drive – and is regarded as the microbrewing capital of Australia.

It seems obvious now that all the ingredients for a modern Australian whisky were close by. But, in 2007, when he first started, the idea of an approachable, affordable Australian whisky - served neat or as a cocktail with food - was a big leap of faith. While Australia had a well-established small-scale ultra-premium whisky scene, David pioneered an affordable, approachable and distinctly Australian whisky.

The result is STARWARD. A modern Australian whisky, elementally matured for three “Melbourne years” in Australian wine barrels, that pushes the boundaries of what whisky can be.

AUSTRALIAN BREWING BARLEY

EVERYTHING STARTS WITH FLAVOUR

The heart of our spirit is our locally grown brewer’s barley. Just like a craft brewer works with varieties of malt and yeast cultures, we work with brewer’s barley and yeast to create a luscious mouthfeel and signature flavour.

After brewing and fermentation, we distil using a traditional double distillation process in copper pot stills. This punchy spirit comes off the stills as a clear yet flavoursome distillate – like a barley schnapps – ready to draw a rich ruby red colour and distinctly Australian flavour from our locally sourced red wine barrels.

AUSTRALIAN WHISKY, IN AUSTRALIAN WINE BARRELS

AUSTRALIAN WHISKY, AUSTRALIAN WINE BARRELS

Australian wine makers have for decades championed innovation. Today, around the world, our wines are regarded as credible alternatives to traditional European staples. Their audacity, to take on the “old-world” establishment, was all the inspiration we needed to use Australian wine barrels.

This came with some interesting challenges. If we re-charred our barrels – as is the norm in Scotland and America - we would lose those delicate wine flavours and textures. But filling barrels direct from the winery with clear new make spirit was not something commonly done. There are plenty of wine “finishes” – for a few months, but not a lot of wine “starts”. Working closely with our network of wine makers we are able to fill these barrels still saturated with wine for the entire maturation period. No re-coopering, no re-charring.

Drawing on the vibrancy of big bold reds like Shiraz and Cabernet, as well as delicate notes in Pinot and Rosé, STARWARD delivers on our promise of a uniquely Australian whisky.

FOUR SEASONS IN A DAY

ELEMENTAL MATURATION

As our bold, rich and bright wine casks mature in the city's “four seasons in a day” climate, our whisky expands and contracts more frequently than those in other more traditional whisky making countries. And, unlike Scotch whisky, as our whisky matures the alcohol content goes up, not down. We call this Elemental Maturation.

While a lot of whisky is laid away to rest for years, our barrels are working every day. STARWARD is a young whisky that challenges people’s ideas of maturity and quality.

D i s t i l l e r y

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