Solera is the process of transferring part of maturing liquid from one barrel to another in a continuous rotation, typically used in making Sherry. In Australia, this method can be found in the making of Australia’s equivalent of Sherry – Apera – and now also in Starward’s “Solera” whisky which uses this system to bring consistency to each batch from their Apera barrels. As they put it, it also
“means that every Apera barrel we have ever emptied is in every bottle of STARWARD Solera.”
A few years ago, the Whisky Ladies were introduced to Starward with an early Solera version… and it was such a pleasure to try its newer avatar as part of a Starward trio…
Starward Solera 43%
- Nose – Lemon, fruity, varnish, wet bread, burgundy, even some pear drop buried beneath the top notes, more of that wood, vanilla… then lemon curd
- Palate – Much more going on than the nose would suggest – has a “graph” to how the palate evolves from soft to strength and substance, even a hint of brine
- Finish – Strong… with some liquorice
We found it much more enjoyable than the “project”, easily accessible..
We weren’t sure whether water should or should not be divided.
After some time, we returned to be greeted by a delightful “cotton candy” aroma, still initially light but retained the substance. Delicious!
And what do the folks over at Starward have to say?
The original STARWARD is solely matured in Australian fortified wine barrels, which are hand selected, re-coopered, re-toasted and re-sized specifically for aging our spirit.
These barrels have formerly contained Apera, which is an Australian take on Spanish sherry. These barrels are 40-50 years old and have rich and complex flavours of dried fruit, spice and sweetness.
Here are a few other Starward’s explored:
- Starward Solera from an earlier batch circa 2015 43%
- Starward New World Project Wine Cask 2.25 yr malted barley spirit batch 170721-A (8 Aug 2017) 42%
- Starward 10th Anniversary 52%
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