Starward Solera Australian Single Malt Whiskey 700 mL (Melbourne, Australia) - [WA 92] [IWSC 90]

Starward Solera Australian Single Malt Whiskey 700 mL
(Melbourne, Australia) - [WA 92] [IWSC 90]

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About the whiskey:

Our rich, complex original.

Solera was our very first whisky and is a bona fide Starward take on a traditional whisky expression. Rich and well balanced jammy fruits, creme brûlée and spice with a lingering dry finish. Solera neat, over ice or shaken up in a classic cocktail.

Solera was the first whisky where we borrowed from tradition then started asking questions. It left us with a whisky deemed world class not just by us, but award judges too.

A touch of our first ever cask in every bottle.

Solera is a traditional method the Spanish used to age their Sherry and keep it consistent. A fractional amount of each young cask is blended with more mature spirit. It's the inspiration for making our Solera. And it means there's still a touch of our first ever cask in every bottle made today.

We source every Solera ingredient from just a day's drive away. A quintessential grain like Australian malted barley was a no-brainer to start with. Then, for a bold, craft flavour we ferment our barley with brewers' yeast.

We wanted barrels with one hell of a history. Our Apera barrels, an Aussie fortified wine similar to Sherry, have typically held spirit over decades. That's some seriously flavorful oak.

At first, maturation was a bit of trial and error. We were used to Scottish whiskies with age statements over a decade long. But we soon found out that wasn’t Melbourne weather’s style. The wildly varied temperatures of one Melbourne day means whisky works harder in the barrel, absorbing flavor from the wood in a much shorter time.

With this elemental maturation, Solera is a neat reflection of Melbourne; wild weather and all.

Tasting Notes:

Nose / Bright tropical and orchard fruits, caramel and vanilla.

Palate / Toasty caramel and creme brûlée, banana, figs and sweet spice.

Finish / Juicy and full with a lingering dry spice.


Double Gold - SF World Spirits Competition 2022

92 Points - Whisky Advocate

"Aromatic citrus wafts from the glass, as Creamsicle, orange peel, and green tea with lemon emerge. Honey Nut Cheerios, ripe strawberries, and a zing of tangy raspberry make the nose that much more enticing. Some cinnamon heat on the creamy palate, but it’s tempered wonderfully by strawberries and cream, vanilla frosting, and strawberry-rhubarb jam. The finish is rife with confectioner’s sugar and more warming spice."

90 Points - Intl Wine & Spirits Competition 2023

"A lovely dram crammed with the delectable flavours of pineapple, caramel, toasted sesame seeds, honey and a pinch of white pepper. Definitely one to savour."

"The nose is simple, straightforward, and full of character: roasted nuts in the lead, joined by butterscotch and wood. A sip shows a light, creamy texture and a sweet flavor at first. This turns spicy, before allowing the roasted notes and wood to come back up. The finish runs short, showing a pinch of mint before disappearing. I was surprised by just how much I liked it. For the money, it’s an excellent buy." - The Whiskey Reviewer