Starward Nova

Overall rating
81.43/100
votes
134
Whiskybase ID
WB120351
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Australian Red Wine Barrels
Strength
41.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
9346943000235
Added on
02 nov 2018 5:58 pm by Glen Positive

Average value

€ 53.61

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134 × member ratings

211 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Starward Nova

28 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.43 points.

  1. Rody024 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant every day dram. It lacks some tension in terms of richness and mouthfeel. Bottled a bit too young in my opinion.
    • Nose
      75 75
      7 - Intensity
      6 - Richness

      Gingerbread with cherries, dried fig and custard. A whiff of red fruits in the background.
    • Taste
      80 80
      6 - Intensity
      7 - Richness
      Fairly thin mouthfeel.

      Sultana with cherry, custard and some raspberries.
    • Finish
      75 75
      0-5 seconds

      Some red fruits stick with you in the finish but it disappears rather quick.

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  3. Bembel scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: 12.2022
    • Nose
      73 73
      Strong red wine aromas. Slightly acidic-sulphurous. Some citrus. Peach.
      Later grain and hay.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Very fruity with accompanying sweetness. Bright fruits. some honey
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short - medium length.
      Slightly bitter wood. Chocolate. Grain. Fruit.

  4. Drum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A fresh, fruity and light whisky, which is a bit too thin for me. I can imagine him in the summer.
    • Nose
      Sweet and malty and fresh pastries. This is followed by notes of wine, orange juice with apples. Fruit juices and other citrus fruits form an overall complex and remind me of champagne punch.
    • Taste
      Again sweet and fruit acid, wine - whether white or red I can't say. The mouthfeel is soft and pleasant and the slight tingle reinforces the impression of sparkling wine and punch.
    • Finish
      Short to medium-length, this whisky says goodbye with sweet pastries, sparkling sparkling wine and some tannic acid and an astringent effect.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Christmas
    I've had a soft spot for this Australian whisky from the beginning. There are several reasons for this. Perhaps the most important is the fact that Niek & Ilse came back with a fantastic story from the visit to the then called Victoria Valley distillery that had just started filling the first barrels. They didn't have a product on the market yet. You can read all about it in our book. It was then difficult, but not impossible to get the first bottles to Belgium once the whisky had reached the legal age. And the whisky was very good. Fast forward about five years and Starward has already built up a nice portfolio. And since this year they even have an importer in Belgium. We (Belgians) can all enjoy this stuff now. I taste the Starward Nova, which has been part of their core-range since 2018. You can buy it for a mere 50 EUR. It matured in red wine barrels from Australia.
    The nose is sweet on red fruit. All kinds of berries and strawberries, but also overripe cherries. Something of maple syrup and honey, but also candied orange peels, dried figs and raisin bread. Reminds me a bit of Christmas.
    On the palate it is at least as sweet, maybe even sweeter, but also immediately nicely spicy. Christmas cake, vanilla custard, berries, raisins, caramel and some spices. Think black pepper and cloves. Gently drying. Yup, Christmas is never far away.
    The finish is quite drying, but short. The tannins of the red wine barrel is relatively loud.
    I really appreciate this one. A tad one-dimensional, it's true, but a fine dram to enjoy under the Christmas tree.

  6. malts0343 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A very lovely young but vibrant whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Raspberry custard pie. Recalled the feeling of the sunshine in Melbourne in summer.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Fruity. Energetic for 41%ABV. Some subtle cookies feelings when keeping the dram in the mouth.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short but the better words are clean and neat.

  7. leeho scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Myst111 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really unbelievably good for + 3 years. He could use a little more alcohol and maybe another 1-2 years. But it is definitely recommended.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Red fruit portbury, dark cherries on custard
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mild at first, then a bit spicy heat, red fruits
    • Finish
      84 84
      First spicy, then cherry, then some wood and, with a little imagination, red wine

  9. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Cubey666 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    interesting, one of my first Australian whiskies after 900+ whiskies
    • Nose
      76 76
      red fruits, vanilla, bit sharp / young, strawberry
    • Taste
      75 75
      bit sharp, red fruits, dry wood tones, vanilla, berries, quite wood driven, with some dry tannines.
    • Finish
      74 74
      bit one dimensional, cherries, wood spices, oak with some smooth drying tannines

  12. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Actually, you can only criticize the short finish of the Nova. Otherwise done great.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Red fruits, spicy, cherries, strawberries, syrup, orange peel
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strawberries, red fruits, dry, chocolate, currants
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium, fruity with spice

  13. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-05: pleasant and tasty
    • Nose
      83 83
      Red wine, (sweet) red berries, rum-raisins, vanilla pudding, bread, pastries, apple, peach
    • Taste
      82 82
      strongly spicy like oak, but also malty, minimally tart
    • Finish
      81 81
      short

  14. Rien scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. kanpai79 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite some wine influence indeed. Sweet and fruity. Which mainly going towards an abundance of different berries; blueberries, red berries and raspberries. A pinch of honey. And then some red apples.
    • Taste
      Rather sweet. Blueberries and raspberries again. Caramel. A little bit of honey. Cherries. And later also some vanilla. A touch of oak. In the end, I also get some spices, black pepper and cloves.
    • Finish
      Short and a little dry, with honey and a pinch of pepper and somewhat oaky.

  17. wobblex scored this whisky 68 points Newbie

    I like the smell and initial taste, but it becomes too sweet after a few sips, and the finish leaves me wanting for something more.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet, flowery, raisins, vanilla
    • Taste
      74 74
      Oak, spirits, apple
    • Finish
      48 48
      Milk, oily, warm

  18. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      malty, wine notes, pastry
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet, fruit and berry, oak, spices
    • Finish
      78 78
      short, spices, oak

  19. besar scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. face scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  21. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Blind Tasting Review: https://youtu.be/kCGiBPls7Bg
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  22. AnnEm scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Brief impression:

    Nose: fine vanilla notes. Cherry. Light carbon notes. Something sour, discreetly musty in the background. Molasses. Wood flavor in the direction of the clove. Flowery.

    Mouth: Mild, balanced, round. Red wine tart. Young, but not very young either. From the back he becomes cuter.

    Finish: fine and melty. Clear red wine feeling, light tannins ensure a dry mouth feel.

    Conclusion: It has matured for about three years, but already looks well integrated and nowhere hot or metallic to me. It scores with elegant vanilla notes, expressive fruit and an overall very balanced and rounded impression. Sometimes not even charged; Nevertheless, the red wine barrels are well present and integrated. A fine thing!

  23. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Light, fruity sweet whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
      red fruits, sweetness, honey, fresh note (peach?)
    • Taste
      86 86
      less sweetness than on the nose, red fruits there too, creamy, a little pepper, overall quite light
    • Finish
      86 86
      red fruits remain, sweetness, warming. Wort short to medium long

  24. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  25. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The Starward Nova is a pleasant surprise.
    • Nose
      Sweet red fruits, almost candy-esque at times, with a touch of damp oak and wood spices. There's also room for lighter orchard fruits, like apple. Finally some bright nectarine as well.
    • Taste
      Quite oily, which is always a plus. It is also pretty spicy, with plenty of cloves and black pepper, as well as some toasted oak. There are some syrupy, fruity notes of redcurrants in the background, as well as crème brûlée.
    • Finish
      Charred oak, spices and a fading sweetness. Short to medium in length.

  26. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/ourwhisky-virtual-whisky-festival-1/

    N: More red wine maturation and another toffee nose, but this is significantly more subtle than The Lakes cask-deliberate direction. We’ve plenty of flora & fauna notes too, subtly so, with an absence of the more leading STR/cask resinousness which I’d found in their 10th Anniversary bottling [WLP84]. Indeed, David says that at Starward they are looking for oak character not flavour from previous cask contents. For example, a wine cask used for 6-7 years might be too wine-dominated for whisky maturation and disguise the oak flavour.

    T: Pleasingly savoury < sweet and grassy to taste with a distillate chew all the way through, the cask influence just supporting and riding underneath. David says this comes from those soft red wine-casks being charred a-plenty to give a toasty-oak character. It works.

    F: With the cask influence stronger on the turn, we’ve a soft dryish waxy spirit-cask finish. At the death, I get a beautiful aromatic [and becoming fruity] black pepper note without any spice or heat. Furthermore, I pick out some tutti-frutti with some chopped nuts and the beginnings of a husky depth.

    C: Lovely contemporary whisky I could imagine craving for. Reminds me in part of Deanston’s Decennary [WLP88], but maybe the Whiskymaker’s Reserve had a part to play in that observation too. Like The Lakes, there’s a touch of ‘sweet-shop’ to their expressions [wine casks], but the distillery profile is coming on year on year.

    I want to ask whether Starward mature their casks in temperate-controlled warehouses or part-allow the environment to influence the maturation/character, but the climate question has already been asked. Because of the hot climate, they lose water which brings the abv up too high. To combat this they fill their casks with spirit at a lower abv, typically 55%.

  28. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Less bizarre, more presence and more structured than the Two Fold (thanks to barley), more spicy too. Clear wine cask.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky n ° 2142

  29. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, quite young with sharp notes, sweet malt and winey notes. Not bad.

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