Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Stated Age
04 years old
First fill ex-Apera cask
58.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 oct 2020 6:05 pm by NRS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 100.00

2 × in wishlist

5 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Starward 2016 BR

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.33 points.

  1. hlz30 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I've never tasted any "oak juice/sap", nor do I know if any oak produces any juice/sap. If it tastes like a oak sap, then the cask must be magical to impart these strong influence in only 4 years (long live the out-of-Alba-and-whatever-you-say magically accelerated maturation?)
    I see it as a decent but not terrific dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoked, burt wood as the nose approaces the dram. Dark chocolate, honey, lard, raisin, orange peel along with some cumin and other spices, all might possibly be attributed to the full maturation period in the "Aussie sherry" cask. I can also detect some white lily when I exhale, the Fanta after decanting, as well as the blackcurrent in the empited glass. Nevertheless, the alcohol is fierce and offensive on the nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      It's oily, but lacking a strong, full body.
      The arrival is sweet and tangy. Estery, with ripen banana, plum and pineapple (corresponding to the "almost-rot fruit" in another review). A hint of apple peel, and evident ginger spices. Chewing simply intensified the bitterness. Lacking complexity.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Long, but not strong. Medicinal bitterness, menthol, freshly sliced papers, and a hint of senka.

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  3. Neverrest scored this whisky 80 points Super Administrator

    Without water, it doesnt work at all for me. Way too much wood and also a bit too hot. With water some of the young malt comes forward a bit more and it drinks a little easier.

  4. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 41 points Expert Junior

    Overall: If you come to check the whisky glass left last night the next day, you will definitely find this taste, yes, it is this taste, oak juice. In addition, there is no information about the aroma of malt wine. But at least there is no strange smell that will sting you. Sorry, my scoring system will never give a lot of results of 80-88 points.

    Nose: The balance between honey, malt, oil, alcohol and flavor is not as expected, so I decided to add water as soon as possible. Dry smoke, wheat bran, dried ginger, and more spices. The overall feeling is like struggling on the edge of pain, and you can't put him in the worst position right away, but he can't do any tricks anymore.

    Drink: The performance in the mouth is definitely not good, but it is better than smelling. Bad wort and fruits ready to go bad, honey, and many smoky oak bars in the end rhyme.


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