Starward Left-Field

Overall rating
80.58/100
votes
236
Whiskybase ID
WB175627
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
French oak (ex-Red Wine)
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
9346943000532
Added on
29 jan 2021 10:00 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 34.65

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236 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Starward Left-Field

47 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.58 points.

  1. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A young, sweet and fruity whisky from distant Australia. Good and easy to enjoy. Suitable for beginners, as a starter or for whisky cocktails.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose is fruity and sweet with red apples, apricots and some orange, wine gums. There are also some spicy notes in the background.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Significantly spicier than the nose suggests. Despite only 40%, there is even some sharpness. However, the sweet-fruity and wine-heavy base remains dominant.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather short, but pleasantly harmonious end. I don't think you can expect more here.

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  3. SRB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. bikenerd scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Spicy, spicy, just not good

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Jordanite scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Sample review. As a Victorian-born lad I am torn, on the one hand I want my local distillery Starward to succeed, on the other hand my initial reaction was that "this can't be very good." The nose is sweet, apricots and a hint of raspberry, then spun sugar and some nice florals. The palate is thin, but the wine flavours are not very obtrusive. The palate is generally pleasant, cakey, fruity-florally. But then it becomes a little varnishy at the end. EUR30 for a whisky made in expensive Melbourne and shipped across half the world is pretty impressive.

  7. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    So one thing in advance: the red wine barrel has left extreme marks in the short time. Beautiful fruity sweetness with floral notes meets noticeable youth. Basically very solid at a very reasonable price. For currently 30 euros you can treat yourself to it as a dram for in between....at least if you like the very sweet whisky fraction ;-)
    • Nose
      84 84
      very fruity wine gum (citrus, ripe apple, pineapple, a hint of banana), very sweet, malty, floral, dried dark berries, slight note of pepper, a hint of nutmeg, after a while you can also smell notes of light tobacco
    • Taste
      83 83
      very sweet, very fruity (apple, citrus, pear), wine gums, spicy, clear oak, tingling on the tongue, very oily, floral, slightly tart (mocha bean), some leather, malty
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium length, oak, very sweet, very fruity (red fruits & grapes), strong oak note, malty, vanilla, slightly pungent alcohol, slightly tart

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. laph1 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Tastes like vodka that is artificially flavored with bubblegum.

  10. Baileij scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

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

  11. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    You don't need it for pure enjoyment, but easy drinking! ...is also intended by the manufacturer.

  12. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Toulouse
    In September 2021 I was – for the second time – a guest at the whisky festival in sun-drenched Toulouse. One of the booths represented Starward (with a 'd' at the back, not to be confused with my favourite film series, please), the relatively young distillery from Australia – founded in 2007 and run by the sympathetic and I would almost dare say visionary David Vitale. This malt matured in French oak, barrels that had previously raised red wine. A strange idea. Unexpected. Something they describe in Australia as 'left-field', hence the name for this very affordable whisky.
    The nose is fruity and sweet. Especially red fruit, but also beautiful tropical notes of papaya, mango and apricot. It’s even a tad candy-like. Think Haribo bears mixed with coke bottles (the candy, again). Underneath is a soft spiciness. Think cloves and a hint of saffron.
    The body is a bit on the light side, but the alcohol is well integrated. This is soft, slightly seasoned and above all very sweet. Again red fruit and candy, again cloves and saffron. Midpalate it starts to dry your mouth slowly.
    The French oak has clearly left its mark. This is especially reflected in the medium long finish. The mouth remains almost dry.
    Nice, very affordable whisky from Down Under. And so I brought a bottle from Toulouse. Although I must confess that I found the Nova – also matured in red wine barrels, but from Australia – just a little rounder and better. By now, it is also available in our neck of the woods. Not even 35 EUR.

  13. Dionysus scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Tasty apero, not a high flyer but nice for its price.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  14. DistiLesha scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Excellent aroma, but the taste and aftertaste lose.
    The taste is unusual, perfumery, but brings an unpleasant bitterness in combination with perfumery.
    Even more brings the finish. The finish, in my opinion, is cheese and rough and highly unbalanced compared to the aroma.

    22.5 20 18 18.5
    • Nose
      Garden fruits (pear, apple), crushed dry cherry pit, pomace oil, malt tones slip in between times, coated paper freshly cut by a shredder, young meadow sedge, tannins, there is also a little new-make.
      Pleasant and balanced aroma, with a very light alcohol content, but without pretensions to maltiness.
    • Taste
      Very woody, perfumery, fruity, pungent new-make alcohol, rather obtrusive bitterness of crushed dry cherry pit (this is a rather strong note, overly sticky), sourness of an unripe plum.
      Sweetness 6 out of 10
    • Finish
      Very woody, astringent, alcohol, grated almonds, perfume

  15. Dris scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  16. JCGaertner scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Blackberry on the finish

  17. malts0343 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. Schleifreak scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  19. Will_iam scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Rubis scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    A bit bland but this distillery can also create interesting drams such as the Nova.

  21. Dieter_W scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    8
    • Nose
      Spicy, nutmeg, peach, oranges, tangerines, red grapes.
    • Taste
      oily , spicy , dry , grapefruit, berries and oak. For 40% he gets down to business.

  22. robbert88 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      haribo bears, peach candies, cherries, cinnamon, heavy red wine, cherry candies, vanilla, exotic fruits
    • Taste
      soft. Less complex than the nose suggests. So here you also notice the 40% abv. Winegums, cotton candy, cherries, sweet red wine, peach candies, pear,
    • Finish
      short, spicy, pear, sweet. Small bitterness of wood tannins.

  23. man2392 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: cinnamon, turmeric, mulled wine spices, yeast, mornay sauce and allspice, dried lavender and cherry chocolate
    Palate: jammy, raspberry and redcurrant, wine gums
    Finish: cocoa powder, oak and chewy toffee, liquorice root and raspberry leaf

  24. AAAAW scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    nose a little sweet vanilla and chamalow
    aggressive mouth that leaves a bitterness that spoils the whole.

  25. WhiskeyMaster scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    06.09.2021
    • Nose
      very sweet, fruit gum, red currants that are not sour, cherry chewing gum, a little peach, in the background a very light floral note
    • Taste
      Cherry chewing gum, red currants, but with acidity in the mouth, caramel, wood, clear but pleasant, I think European oak immediately, light spice from the wood

  27. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Smell: first of all a really pleasing nose, ripe pear notes, yellow pomaceous fruit, sweet lychee in the base, ripe apple notes

    Taste: fruity, almost flattering start due to the low alcohol, beautiful fruity sweetness that, despite all its simplicity, never slips into the profane, medium-sized. reverberation

    Color: yellow gold, medium WR, of course

    Conclusion: uncomplicated, but entertaining - and that is all other than derogatory, I can rhyme the red wine barrel with knowledge of the technical data, I would have stuck blindly about the sweet-light fruit notes in a pure bourbon barrel maturation - for the tariff called up really good "summer aperodram" on the terrace ...

  28. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A surprisingly good whisky for the price. Absolutely doesn’t have to hide from Scottish standards.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Roasted aromas, vanilla, slightly solvent, grapes, slightly grassy, exotic fruits, citrus fruitiness
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft, light-fruity, slightly peppery, honey, slowly becoming a bit bitter.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish that stimulates saliva flow. Exotic fruits, malt, slightly bitter, the alcohol is well integrated.

  29. ThorstenH scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, light fruits. Little depth, but pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  30. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  31. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. Squinugie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  34. SherryPeathead scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Nice and fruity with red berries and hints of mango and papaya. It doesn't smell bubbly, but rather harmonious. The oak also comes through.
    • Taste
      84 84
      You can tell that it is still young, but tastes good for its age. The alcohol is well integrated. The French red wine barrels create a spicy, fruity note. No missing notes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Not complex and long due to the youth, but the barrels already have their stamp on the malt

  35. Sporx scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    3 to 4 years old, due to the climate he looks much older, 12/3/21 from 80 to 82

    Aroma
    Red, ripe apple, tropical fruits, berries

    the taste
    Spicy at first, sharpness, fruit, somewhat bitter woody. wine aromas. You can definitely taste the youth

    finish
    medium spicy

    I don't notice the 40 percent

  36. mema82 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  37. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the taste is very watered down. A little more alcohol would have done the whisky very well, but otherwise it doesn't disappoint for its price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Notes of red berries, some wood, tobacco, cherries and sweet apples. I also notice subtle notes of caramel and marzipan.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet apple, liquorice, dark berries, almonds, marzipan with pipe tobacco with cherry flavor.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium. Grain with dark berries, wood, subtle pastry notes and even some tobacco in the background.

  38. Tordeaux scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  39. fradin11 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      69 69

  40. Maltimizer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Immediately fruity-sweet, then the French oak and red wine, red currants and a little banana. Simple but very good!
    • Taste
      79 79
      Quite intense alcohol for only 40% vol. Youth is clearly noticeable. Very dry with subtle fruit. Oak spice becomes clearer, a little chili.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Still very dry, short finish, very clear oak with subtle sweetness

  41. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Sweet & easy. Not too complex. Just a nice one for an uncomplicated sip. At under 30 € it's worth it's money if you like easy drinking from time to time. Not my favorite low budget Starward, though.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Wine cask, clearly but far from over the top. Sweet fruit with nuttiness in the background. The alcohol is nicely integrated. Not many layers. Just nice and easy. I like it for that.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Not much complexity either. This one is easy going. Sweet with a dry fruitiness accompanied by just a hint of wood. Easy drinking nicely done.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Rather short. Oak wood, a bit of vanilla. Sweet and rather dry. Would have liked it to last a little longer.

  42. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very good for an exotic!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dates, almonds, sweet fruits.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Almonds, honey, mint, apple, marzipan.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite short but elegant and harmonious.

  43. rpvdwel scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  45. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  46. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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! First of: this Left-Field at 40%
    • Nose
      This gives actually quite a pleasant arrival. It has a strong nose with quite some flavor. It’s sweet and savory. I get quite some French oak influence, red grapes and berries. Sweet spices like cinnamon, vanilla and and cocoa.
    • Taste
      On the palate it feels rather dry, thin and it gives sweet & sour flavors. It feels a bit syrupy in some way but I have to admit this is not a palate to die for. It’s decent but also undermature and very cask dominated. It lacks depth and is rather one dimensional. Fair enough, for the price you pay it’s not that bad. But it seems like an easy score with an aggressive cask.
    • Finish
      Finish is short. It gives oaky flavors and quite some vanilla and fudge. A short while there are some spices but this is rather volatile.

      For the price you pay it isn’t that bad but I could empty out a full one. The whole feels a bit rushed on rather aggressive French oak casks. It doesn’t convince me.

  48. Rien scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

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