Starward’s New World Project series is deliberately intended to “buck” whisky convention. In truth, what is bottled is not “whisky” at all by the traditional guide of requiring a minimum of 3 years maturation. Instead it is a malted barley spirit, playing around with different wine casks – either fortified or table wine – in this case an undisclosed red wine.
And what better way to kick of our evening exploring Starward than with one of their experimental wine cask projects!
Starward New World Project Wine Cask 2.25 yr malted barley spirit batch 170721-A (8 Aug 2017) 41%
- Nose – Pear drops, autumn leaves, wood, fresh sap, bourbon, very sweet, raw molasses then shifted into a lighter caramel, orange concentrate
- Palate – Smooth yet youthful and a bit raw, a tinge salty, marzipan, fruits
- Finish – Sits there with a slight nuttiness
Overall the aromas were much more interesting than the palate – one even described it as “palate stripping!”
It was certainly interesting… we wondered what it would be like with water. For those who added, it lost the delightful pear on the aroma and didn’t gain much on the palate or finish.
And when we returned after some time… was quite sour on the nose, became quite tart on the palate – think the inside of a kumquat.
My strong recommendation with this one is enjoy it but don’t linger too long. Or perhaps try it one of the many cocktails the folks at Starward recommend.
As for its cost? This bottle was purchased at The Whisky Exchange, London and currently retails for £50.25.
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