Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Australian Red Wine Barrels
41.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
02 Nov 2018 5:58 pm by Glen Positive

Average value

€ 57.45

2 × in wishlist

14 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Starward Nova

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.83 points

  1. 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.

  2. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    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%.

  4. 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

  5. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

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


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