Starward Dolce

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Project Release
Red Wine Barrel, Sicilian Dessert Wine Finish
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 nov 2020 10:00 pm by sengjc

Average value

AUD$ 118.12

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46 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Starward Dolce

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.50 points.

  1. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious thing.
    • Nose
      copper - gold

      Very fruity when poured. Cotton candy, some maple syrup and sweetened fruit tea.
      With a little time in the glass, a kind of wallpaper paste appears and the fruit is now more in the fermented, red berry direction. Like strawberries and raspberries. Now the wine aroma comes through much more clearly. Also has something of milk chocolate. Far back, when I take a deep breath, I find a kind of herbal oil.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly spicy start. I would say ginger spiciness. It goes on earthy. Slightly dirty even. Then something builds up that reminds me of a strawberry chocolate liqueur. In addition, an overripe kiwi and some nutty bitterness. The taste of the chocolate is significantly higher in the cocoa content.
      On the second sip, the maple syrup gets through better. The taste radiates something autumnal. And I think I taste a hint of smoke next to the maltiness.
    • Finish
      It actually tends to be short to medium long. Nevertheless, the whisky stays in the mouth for a long time without being too bulky.

  2. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I've heard this classified as a dessert whisky and I can see why.

    The nose is all fruit, red flavoured gummies, chewy sugar candy, syrup and chocolate with a light touch. All accurate stage setting for what is to come.

    The palate wasn't as saccharine as I expected, but was still very much a further expansion on the nose's tangy red and orange fruit sweetness, after a moderated and silkily delivered start that showed just a hint of wood.

    The added dimensions of herbal and menthol tones, as well as some non-astringent leather, worked very well in the mix and transitioned nicely to the red Szechuan heat that followed and the very mellow, complimentary bitterness that rounded it all out.

    Imagine a whisky that was its own unassumingly potent cocktail and you'd be close.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Orange marmalade, cherry Haribo, maple syrup, toffee, dried pineapple, Terry's chocolate orange
    • Taste
      82 82
      Golden honey, vanilla oak, Grenadine, orange sorbet, lemon mint, juicy leather
    • Finish
      81 81
      Leather, Szechuan, chocolate bitters, mild tannins

  4. FeralFennec scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Date of Tasting: 13th November 2021

    First time trying an Australian made Whisky and was thoroughly surprised at its flavor and potential.

    Nose: Strawberry Candied Gummies (has a mix between artificial and natural sweets), Jam

    Palate: Sweet but not as much as I expect it will get coming from the nose, good mix of berries and dark fruits, but being a younger bottling, the spiciness that comes off of the spirit and the wood itself is strong (but not overpowering)

    Finish: Medium finish, strawberries and a small tinge of plum

    Overall an 85 over 100

    Looking forward to their more aged released and more experimentation with different types of casks!

  5. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, caramel, candied nuts, sweet pastries, marzipan, followed by some wild berry jam, and further back something very slightly flowery
    • Taste
      Strawberries, blackberries, red currants, caramel, chocolate, nuts, some milk coffee, some spice, some wood

  6. stefanHVL09 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  7. ralle1968 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose shows red fruits that have been stored for a little longer as well as a marshmallow-like sweetness (80). On the palate first ginger, then oak seasoning and finally red fruit chewing gum (79). The latter also determines the medium-length finish, with which some cinnamon also comes through (81).

  8. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    3 to 5 years old

    Aroma fruity, marzipan, sweet

    Taste first sweet, then spicy, sweet, dark fruit, oily, salty caramel

  9. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Just hits the spot. Whisky and sweet wine are a match here. Would have given even more points if the alcohol was integrated better. Complex enough to have fun "nosing around" a bit, yet easy enough for a lazy evening. BUT: At almost 80 € consumer price for a half liter bottle (that's 112 €/.7 liters!) most likely a no. Got hold of a bottle for well under that, so that's fine and I'm, happy with it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Heavy & sweet.. The alcohol comes on a bit too strong at first, so I let it sit in the glass for 15 Minutes. The sticky sweetness of a Christmas market tea house. Dried fruit, caramel popcorn and just a hint of withered wet wood (in a good way, I like that). A few drops of water open it up a little bit but mainly make the alcohol sharpness more prominent, so a short wait is appropriate before nosing again. With water a bit more floral. I like it better without water.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Comes on strong for 48 % ABV. Very sweet but not so sticky anymore. A bit of burnt caramel in the background. Nice notes from the sweet wine casks, not too harsh, though. A bit of dark chocolate after a while. Pleasant.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long. Fades out nicely with winegum sweetness and dark chocolate. But not much new to discover here.

  11. wbarchive_258409 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I love sweet whisky, and 164758 has been the most expressive whisky in terms of sweetness, on which I measure / compare / relativate whiskys of similar category. Starward Dolce is a Single Malt Australian whisky, my first Australian, supposedly matured in a dessert wine barrel. If you tried dessert wine before (I strongly recommend Erasmo from Chile), you know what sweetness is about. The distiller characterizes it as showing signs of dried fruit, toasted marshmallow and cola. My nose agrees with the dried fruit part. It really smells similar to a classic Single Malt Scotch. I further sense rotten Haribo, foul candy, melted sugar cotton - somehow very funny. The first sip: Strong alcohol! Doesn't taste like 48%, maybe 50-51%, but definitely not strong cask strength. I whirl the liquid around my tongue. Yes, sweet. Not some sticky sweetness, doesn't remind me on toasted marshmallow either. The cola probably comes from the aftertaste: It reminds me on licorice. In the finish, you feel more bitterness than sweetness. The bitterness sticks to the very final moment. ... ... ... 2 minutes later, the sweetness is long gone, the finish was quite short, the bitterness is still on my tongue. Definitely an interesting and unusual whisky, a nice change from the standard Scotch range, but not something you'd drink on daily basis. It's fun for a birthday party or having a sample session with friends. I'm sure people will have very different views and opinions on this one. You gotta try it yourself.


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