Starward’s Ginger Beer Cask is back and it’s so highly sought after that the distiller has implemented a ballot system for purchase.
Commenting on the latest batch, Starward’s Production Director, Sam Slaney, said the sixth interpretation of the special release had been the team’s most experimental to date.
“Ginger Beer Cask has garnered an almost cult-like following, so the pressure was on to craft yet another standout bottling,” he explained. “The team have seized the chance to experiment and push the boundaries a little further. We started by brewing a fiery ginger beer in French and American oak barrels, at home in our Port Melbourne distillery. We loaded our recipe up with citrus peel and fresh ginger. Once the barrels staves had soaked in the spicy goodness, we emptied and then refilled the barrels with a union of Apera and red wine barrel aged single malt whiskies.
Slaney said this year’s expression won’t disappoint.
“It is all ginger, orange and dark chocolate on the nose,” he enthused. “The flavour comes swift and sure; strong spicy ginger, fresh vanilla and pineapple. Candied ginger and citrus provide a big and warming mouthfeel that’s been skilfully balanced with the lingering dark fruits sweetness from the Apera and the bright juicy flavours of the red wine barrel maturation.”
Born out of Starward’s innovative Projects Program, Starward Founder David Vitale said it allows the distillers to experiment with different whiskies and create unique expressions – exactly what New World whisky making is all about.
“Our Projects program provides an opportunity to innovate and re-invent the category with interesting flavours and occasions to share whisky. The freedom to experiment and create is a part of Starward’s DNA. It’s a thrill to see the popularity of this yearly release continue to sky-rocket as our distillers and blenders get even bolder with their experimentation.”
Due to the popularity of this yearly, one-off release, Starward are implementing a ballot system for purchase. Register your interest via starward.com.au by Sunday, May 9. Winners of the ballot will be notified by Monday, May 10 if they have secured an opportunity to purchase.
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