Whisky Review: Starward Pedro Ximinez Sherry Cask

Musings:

My first Australian PX , available in Vintage Cellars but it is already on batch 2 now. Let’s see how this baby spins…

Tasting Notes: 

Starward Limited Release for Vintage Cellars (Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask) ✔ [Recommended if you like the style/distillery]

Style: Raisins and Dry Fruits

Nose:
A deep breath of Black Forest cake. Thick, syrup dripping prunes combined with buoyant caramelized bananas. Spice give the slightest hint of mint and black pepper notes. Sweet, dense and indulging nose.

Palate:
Raisin bombs the floor on the palate. Nutty notes unshackled, dipping to the drier side. Red grape juice spilled over dried apricots, candied orange peels and mint dark chocolate. White pepper and fresh oak more evident towards the end.

Finish:
Muscovado sugar, sweet sherry seasoned oak. Chocolate and raisins with a hint of spice and white pepper. Lovely finish.

Thoughts:
I am not a great fan of PX whiskies, but this is something different. Usually I find the sherry can be overpowering and dominates the malt far too easily. This Starward is exceptional, not only the PX did not overwhelm everything, I can feel the spirit breathes through and synergies with the Pedro Ximinez cask so well. Dazzling malt!

[48%・2015・Original Bottling・Non Chill Filtered・Non Coloured・Limited Edition・Batch Number: 15080-WH・Bottle Number: 20・387 Bottles]

-Esmond