Whisky Review: Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky - The Whiskey Wash

Whisky Review: Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

By Jenni Misiak / February 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by Starward. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky heralds from a distillery that was founded by David Vitale in Melbourne, Australia. It is an Australian whisky, finished in signature Australian red wine barrels. The red wine barrels that mature the whisky are built around a broad cross section of big Australian reds, with the keystone being 100L Barossa Shiraz barrels.

Two-Fold is an ideal tasting whisky. The malted barley adds a creaminess and rich flavor, while the wheat provides an earthy aroma and slight drying note. Since the whisky is finished in red wine barrels, this brings out the delicious fruit, peppery spice, and oak flavors for which Starward is known.

Starward Two-Fold is proudly versatile. Some ways to enjoy it include a Highball with soda, for the aromatic spicy characters to shine through; a Boulevardier will bring out the baking spices; or a Two-Fold and Tonic will make you wonder if you really need gin in your life.

Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky (image via Starward Whisky)

Tasting Notes: Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

Vital Stats: Double grain mash bill of 60% wheat and 40% malted barley. Finished in Australian red wine barrels. Bottled at 40% ABV. Priced around $35 for a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: A golden, toasted amber that blends into a fiery, light red hue. Like a beautiful sunset in the distance.

Nose: Toasted hazelnuts and fresh, sweet berries. Aromas of slightly burnt toast and oak, followed by the scent of rich, creamy brown butter.

Palate:  Sweet berry jam on buttered toast. Warm, creamy grains mixed with fresh cream and rich, melted caramel.

The Takeaway

Summary

Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Australian Whisky is made with a combination of malted barley and Australian wheat. It has the light aroma of tart red berries, sweet buttery toast, and creamy vanilla, with a spicy warming finish.

I drank it neat and it wasn't the right fit for me. This would be a great choice as a mixer for a fruity tropical drink. Try mixing it with a splash of sparkling apple cider and some fresh raspberries.

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