• Octave Barrels

Octave Barrels

Single Malt Whisky
700ml / 48%

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
40 Reviews
Regular price $80
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A modern whisky inspired by a red wine icon.

Our first ever Starward Projects release in the USA has won Double Gold at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This Starward innovation pushes the boundaries of what whisky can be. We aged Octave Barrels in Yalumba’s The Octavius Shiraz barrels. It's a single malt where raisin, anise and caramel flavours meld with rich, dark fruits. 

We aged Octave in Australia's most beloved shiraz barrels.

It took some of the world’s oldest Shiraz plantings, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and Starward’s progressive red-wine-barrel maturation to make this distinctly Australian single malt.  

When a whisky speaks to Australia’s wine heritage - and Australia's whisky future - you know it’ll be delicious. Especially when it brings the bold flavors you’d expect from Barossa Shiraz barrel maturation.

Tasting notes

Colour / Auburn 

Aroma / Rich, full-bodied expression. Red fruit, raisins, ripe peach, caramel and toasty oak

Palate / Viscous and long, dark forest fruits, and a toasted oak backbone 

Finish / Toasted marshmallow on the finish

Aged in history.

The Octavius Shiraz is the world’s only red wine aged in 100L octave-sized barrels. Once The Octavius was bottled, freshly emptied barrels were sent to our distillery in Port Melbourne and filled with Starward’s signature single malt. 

These American oak barrels aged our whisky more intensely. The smaller volume created more wood-whisky interaction, allowing this single malt to soak up more celebrated The Octavius Shiraz characteristics as it fully matured.

More delicious than we could’ve ever predicted.

We aged Starward’s very first batch almost exclusively in Yalumba red wine barrels and they’ve been a trusted partner ever since. Yalumba is the only winery in the southern hemisphere to handcraft barrels in their own onsite cooperage. From oak selection to char, the Yalumba coopers have perfected the aroma, character and complexity each barrel brings to their wines.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 40 reviews
95%would recommend this product
40 reviews
  • Paige R.
    Verified Buyer
    2 hours ago
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    Not a fan

    Not as smooth as we were expecting. Not much flavor.

  • Stephen P.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Personal Favorite

    Octave Barrel is my favorite Starward distillation. We have tried five different Starwards (Octave Barrel, Nova, Solera, Captain's Pick #2 and Captain's Pick #3) so far and Octave is my personal choice. Your distillation skills are exemplary and I would have no problem comparing them to Bill Lark's, who we had the pleasure of getting to know in 2010.

  • Andrew b.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    This one is special

    This is my second bottle, and the first one just finished, i will leave this one to open on a special occasion.

    this is my favourite by far

    hats off to the team at Starward who are doing some great work.

    hope to make a trip down there for a visit later in the year.

  • Dylan F.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great drop

    Really nice drop, smooth and worth a try.

  • Joseph L.
    Verified Buyer
    3 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    best one yet

    Really enjoyed it, best one I've had so far.

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