G’day, Mates! On today’s episode of A Tasting at The Murder Table, we travel to Melbourne, Australia for a taste of two whiskies from Starward Distillery. One is called Nova, and the other is called Two-Fold. Here are a few words about each whisky courtesy of the Starward website:
Beginning / A fruity, double distilled single malt made with Australian barley and craft brewers’ yeast for extra flavour.
Middle / Lightly charred or steamed barrels sourced from Australian wineries making great shiraz, cabernets and pinot noirs. Often filled fresh when the barrel is still wet with wine. Matured in Melbourne’s wildly varied climate for three years.
End / Exceptional length thanks to the red wine barrels. Bright aromatic notes of red berries, orchard fruits, vanilla, caramel and soft oak spice.
Future / Smooth and complex when sipped neat. Shines in classic cocktails. Works exceptionally well with food.
Beginning / An Australian double-grain whisky. For depth, we use malted barley, just like our Nova. For an aromatic, dry flavour, we use Australian wheat.
Middle / Lightly charred or steamed barrels. Sourced from Australian wineries that make great shiraz, cabernets and pinot noirs. Often filled fresh when the barrel is still wet with wine. We mature each whisky separately in Melbourne’s wildly varied climate, then deftly combine.
End / Smooth as silk. Spiced vanilla, tropical fruits and cereal characters rounded with red apples and berries.
Future / Easy-drinking when neat or on ice. Try a Two-Fold and tonic and you might be tempted to bin the gin.
From the sounds of it, what we have here are two easy-drinking spirits that are made by taking advantage of all things Australia, i.e. the grain, the barrels, and most important of all, THE ATTITUDE! To find out what we thought of these uniquely Australian spirits, click the play button on the following video:
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