• Fortis

Fortis

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Fortune favours the Fortis

A rich, full-bodied flavour balanced with the approachable velvety smoothness Starward whiskies are known for. Expect upfront notes of Madagascan vanilla pod and toasty oak. The palate is all chocolate ganache, cinnamon, quince and Muscadelle raisin with a lingering baking spiced finish.

Starts and ends with local Australian ingredients 

Fortis, coming from the Latin meaning ‘bold’ or ‘brave’, brings the intensity. It’s one of the highest proof bottlings we’ve ever done, deftly balanced by our signature Starward smoothness. With the toasty oak and vanilla flavour from American Oak, and the juicy red wine profile from the shiraz and cabernet wine barrels, the boldness of Fortis beckons.

Tasting notes

Nose / Madagascan vanilla pods, rich toasted American oak, blackberry jam, raisins, caramelised fig, over ripe plums. 

Palate / Upfront vanilla, quince paste, Muscadelle raisins, chocolate ganache, cinnamon & baked banana bread. 

Finish / Viscous and long, balanced with a finish of baking spices from the oak and ripe figs & raisins. 

Future / Sip straight and savour. Or shake it up in a classic cocktail, like vermouth, campari and orange bitters.

Richer taste and toasty oak and vanilla character.

Fortis starts and ends with local Australian ingredients and expert Melbourne craftsmanship. We make the single malt with Australian malted barley and brewers’ yeast for a flavour-forward character. 

From barrel to glass.

We only age Fortis in American Oak barrels to give our whisky a richer taste and toasty oak and vanilla character. We sourced most of these barrels from Barossa Valley wineries, where they once held powerful shiraz and cabernets. We char some of these barrels for complexity. Most we leave fresh, to lend Fortis the intense red wine flavour profile that soaked into the barrel staves.

Enjoy your way.

For this stronger ABV whisky, we don’t chill filter. That means the whisky you pour into your glass closely represents the whisky that comes directly from the barrel.

Fortis Cocktails

From simple to taste explosions, a new favourite cocktail awaits.