Rich and well balanced. Jammy fruits, creme brûlée and spice with a lingering dry finish. Sip neat, over ice or shaken in a classic cocktail. Solera is a traditional method the Spanish used to age their Sherry and keep it consistent. A fractional amount of each young cask is blended with more mature spirit, which is the inspiration for the Starward Solera, meaning there's still a touch of their first ever cask in every bottle.
The Solera ingredients are sourced from just a day's drive away from the Starward Distillery. Australian malted barley was a no-brainer to start with. Then, for a bold, craft flavour fermented barley with brewers' yeast. Aged in Apera barrels, an Aussie fortified wine similar to Sherry, have typically held spirit over decades for some seriously flavourful oak.
The Apera casks mostly hail from McWilliams Winery, right on the border between Victoria and New South Wales which are often recoopered, shaved and charred before filling.