Starward 2018

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Octave Barrels
100L Yalumba Barossa Shiraz Octave Barrels
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Starward "The Octavius"
Bottle code
Australia Australia
Added on
03 oct 2022 10:47 pm

Average value

€ 90.14

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63 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Starward 2018

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.58 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The whisky triggers fascination. What a great nose! That leaves you wanting more. But something should be done on the palate... 80 points.
    • Nose
      Very cute. Vinous, berry. An aromatic oak comes with various spices. spice honey. It doesn't look old, but the oak does a great job. Dried apricots.
    • Taste
      Here you can feel the (lack of) age. The wood and the wine character seem a bit artificial. Sweet and tangy, slightly grainy. All in all still within reason.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bready and sweet.

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  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    quite funky on taste and finish,i liked it!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sample No. 12 in the advent calendar is another premiere, the first Starward from Australia that I can taste. The malt is enormously charged with red wine aromas due to the small barrels and the climate. It turned out really well, especially on the nose. on the palate the whole thing still seems a bit superficial.
    • Nose
      The malt is heavily charged with red wine aromas, the nose is enormously fruity and sweet. When first smelling the dark fruits are still quite difficult to separate, after a while I find dark grapes, plum compote, blueberries and peaches. There is also caramel and some honey. Enormously tasty on the nose, the alcohol cannot be smelled at all.
    • Taste
      The malt glides over the tongue oily and mild with peaches and apples. There is a subtle oak spice behind the fruit, but overall the malt is completely on the sweet and fruity side. You can hardly feel the alcohol in your mouth either. After some time in the mouth, the fruit changes towards blackberries and strawberries.
    • Finish
      The finish is dominated by berries, especially blueberries and blackberries. The medium length finish is very sweet with a slight spiciness.

  5. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Dionysus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Young, but excellent and interesting whisky!
    Of the minuses: sharpness and youth, there are small negative notes in the aroma.
    Of the benefits: an unusual, interesting, varied aroma, a taste that develops and improves in the air.

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    • Nose
      Sharp, no malt at all, but there is a pear and yeast, cloves, woody perfumes, vanilla, dried fruits.
      Breathe: algae, blueberries
      Whisky breathed and even more I felt malt, tobacco and fruit.
    • Taste
      Sweet at first, fruits, red berries, hibiscus, woody perfume, dried fruits, green tea, blueberries, a little bit of yeast.
      Tannin bitterness, strawberry gum, orange peel, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, some tropical fruits.
      Feels sharp and youthful.
      Sweetness 8 out of 10
    • Finish
      Burning, redcurrant, oak and grape tannins, assertive dryness

  8. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. kcloo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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