Well sceptic as I am with these strange international whisky’s, I was also curious. Certainly after an online tasting in which several experiences were shared about this whisky. So I decided to try 2 6cl samples of this ‘left-field’ and the recommended ‘tawny’ with that to compare the two extremes of their range. I normally don’t dig whisky that got a fast aging all in ex wine casks but hey: one can only be opinionated once tried so here it goes! Secondly: this tawny at 48%. This must be VERY good since they charge you almost €77 for a 50cl bottle (that’s €108 for a 70cl!!). It‘s just 4yo old stuff and not even at CS. Let’s give it a try..
Fair enough: this nose is really interesting, rich and beyond it’s age. It gives quite some different sensations! Red fruits like raspberry and cranberry versus a big and fresh menthol-like layer like the liquid used in a sauna ritual and spices versus more tropical fruits like mango. The big layer of menthol flavors is pretty dominant but also pleasant. I get some musty and moisture-like flavors. It reminds me of soaked wood chips used for smoke on the bbq.
On the palate again a lot of freshness is going on. Freshness not only like in menthol like flavors but also in like fresh green herbs such as oregano and thyme. Also a big hit of vanilla honey liquor. Almost like in Liqor 43. Fruit is there in like u ripe plumbs. Also quite some oaky dry sensations here as well. The cask has been of big influence that’s for sure.
The finish is long, rich and full of flavor. It gives quite some red fruits. Cherries and cranberries. Also a more spicy side. Arabic orientated I’d say. Also I get roasted peanuts here.
Fair enough this is actually really good. Is it worth €108 for 70cl? Certainly not, at least I would not spend it on this dram. But without taking the price into consideration I really like the taste! It’s different and offers a lot! I will probably taste a few other expressions of Starward in the near future.