Australian whisky producer Starward recently announced its more recent U.S. market launch, a special commemorative called Vitalis that is its most premium expression to date.
The new Starward Vitalis, according to those behind it, consists of hand-selected parcels from six different types of barrels. Parcels from Tawny barrels, Rum barrels, Bourbon barrels and Apera barrels “all specifically chosen and carefully blended to create a multifaceted yet perfectly balanced, fruit forward spirit.”
Named after the brand’s founder, David Vitale and his familial name (which translates to ‘life’ in Latin), Vitalis marks 15 years since David’s endeavor to pour his life savings into starting a Melbourne distillery and maturing whisky in Australian red wine barrels.
“Fifteen years ago, when I decided to have a go at creating an approachable whisky for all, I could only have hoped that it would take Starward on this trajectory,” said Vitale in a prepared statement. “Great whiskies speak to the place that they are made, and to be able to share a Melbourne-made, flavorful whisky with the world for over fifteen years… well, that is something that I will forever be grateful for.”
Starward Vitalis, bottled at 52% ABV, is priced around $150 per 700 ml bottle and is available online directly from the distillery. Official tasting notes are below.
Vitalis is ripe and fruity, making it instantly recognizable as a Starward whisky, while also offering something more complex as it unfolds. On the nose, chewy toffee gives way to raisins and chocolate-coated pineapples. On the palate the drinker is met with rich dried fruits, red currants, and hints of lightly roasted coffee beans, all balanced with bright, juicy tropical notes. A delicate dynamic of fruit and oak gives way to a lingering and creamy finish.