Melbourne distiller Starward has released Dolce, which is Italian for ‘sweet’. The new drop been created by Starward Projects, a program where the distillers get to experiment with different whiskies and create flavour forward and unique expressions.
The new single malt Australian whisky has been matured in Australian red wine barrels and finished in dessert wine barrels that held an Australian interpretation of a Sicilian dessert wine. As a single, limited release, Dolce is a melding of wine and oak characters with a flourish of sweet ‘Sicilian’ notes; marshmallow and cola.
Starward Founder David Vitale said: “Coming from Sicilian origins myself, this is a whisky that is close to my heart, one that screamed right from the first tasting “TRY ME”! The sweet aromas of marshmallow and cola meld perfectly with our trademark juicy and balancing stamp of red wine barrel maturation.
“It is going to be the perfect end for our Christmas lunch with panettone and vanilla ice-cream. The whisky is from our ‘playground’ of Starward Projects. It was an experiment borne from some very interesting local barrels. Of course, regulations and rules mean we are creative with what we call these barrels – I just think this whisky is THE embodiment of the Italian word for sweet – Dolce.”
According to Starward the whisky will shine served neat, on the rocks or as a refreshing summer cocktail, such as the Sicilian Sundowner, which features Dolce, Cocchi Americano, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur and Amero Averna.
Dolce is a limited release, available in a 500mL bottle for RRP $119. It’s available at the distillery and online, plus select retailers nationally.
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