Apera, an Aussie fortified wine similar to Sherry, is a favourite among distillers around distillers for the flavour it can impart. The people behind the Starward whisky didn’t stray far to find ones they like. Their Apera casks mostly come from McWilliams Winery, right on the border between Victoria and New South Wales.
The single malt whisky is double distilled using Australian malted barley. Borrowing from the craft brewing scene, they ferment the barley with brewers’ yeast for an extra bold flavour. Then they installed custom water jackets on their giant copper stills to better control the distillation. It’s tricks like this that mean they can pick the fruity characters we like and keep each batch consistent.