Starward was founded in 2007, and it wasn't long before it was a bartender favourite all over Melbourne. Constant changes in temperature means whisky matures very quickly in Melbourne, taking on flavours from sherry or bourbon casks much faster than the same whisky would take in a place with a more constant climate, like Scotland. The result is that Starward's whiskies are almost all under five years old, but they have the smooth, easy-drinking flavours of much more mature drinks.
The Solera and Wine Cask whiskies are the distillery's signature beverages, and there is also a gin (flavoured with salted black lime) and a bottled Old Fashioned that is perfectly balanced and great for taking to a picnic.
The distillery itself is an airy and open warehouse space in Port Melbourne, within easy walking distance of the city. The bar at the front is open to the public (try a whisky and tonic – you can thank us later) and a great space to catch up with friends. It is whisky-focused, as you'd expect, with Starward as well as other Australian spirits available and a few craft beers.
You can book tours of the distillery to learn how whisky is made, from barley to bottle. You can taste whisky at its various stages along the way, along with seeing up close the state-of-the-art equipment and hundreds of barrels ageing the precious liquid. There are also masterclasses and special flights, so you can learn about whisky from around the world.
|Venue name:||Starward Distillery|
50 Bertie Street
|Opening hours:||Fri, Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-8pm|