• Nova

Nova

Single Malt Whisky
750ml / 41%

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
45 Reviews
Regular price $55
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Our signature single malt.

Our Nova single malt whisky has received many global awards, including Double Gold medals at both the 2023 and 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, as well as the 2022 New York World Spirits Competition. Nova is a true expression of our red wine barrel maturation process, boasting exceptional length and a layered complexity like no other single malt you've tasted before.

Nova borrows from tradition but breaks away from it too.

A deliciously balanced and bold whisky for sharing and mixing, Nova is matured exclusively in red wine barrels sourced from wineries making shiraz, cabernets and pinot noirs. This whisky reflects Melbourne's unique nature in every sip. From the vibrant culinary scene to the wild weather, Nova celebrates all that is unique and wonderful about making whiskies in Melbourne.

Tasting notes

Nose / Like we took bright flavors of red berries and orchard fruit and coated them in soft oak spice.


Palate / Imagine a rich red berry pudding covered in vanilla, caramel and spice.


Finish / Balanced and long. The sweetness fades and the delicious flavor goes on.

It all starts with our new-make spirit.

All Nova’s carefully sourced ingredients come from just a day’s drive away from the Melbourne distillery.

We double-distil our single malt whisky using Australian malted barley. Borrowing from the craft brewing scene, we ferment our barley with brewers’ yeast for an extra bold flavor. Then we installed custom water jackets on our giant copper stills to better control the distillation. It's tricks like this that mean we can pick the fruity characters we like and keep each batch consistent.

Then come the barrels.

We go local.

We source barrels from wineries in the nearby Yarra Valley and Barossa Valley so they keep their fresh red wine flavor profile. Then, they’re lightly charred or steamed. Often, the barrels are still wet with wine when we fill them.

For us, it's all about the flavor. As we fill our barrels at a lower alcohol proof than other single malts, our whisky takes in all the more red wine fruit characters and tannins.

Next comes climate

A far cry from the sunny Australian stereotype, Melbourne is famed for experiencing ‘four seasons in a day’. Bad news for beachgoers, good news for whisky. Fluctuating weather makes Nova work hard in the barrel, extracting maximum flavor from the wood in just a short time. We call this elemental maturation.

And it’s why we couldn’t make Nova anywhere else.

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 45 reviews
93%would recommend this product
45 reviews
  • Paul T.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 45 - 54
    What is your whisky wisdom? I dabble
    When would you drink this whisky? Any occasion
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    3 minutes ago
    Age Bracket 45 - 54
    What is your whisky wisdom? I dabble
    When would you drink this whisky? Any occasion
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A regular on my shelf

    Awesome drop. Great in a cocktail, with a mixer or on its own. Delicious

  • Tim O.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 35 - 44
    What is your whisky wisdom? Regular whisky drinker
    When would you drink this whisky? Any occasion
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    6 days ago
    Age Bracket 35 - 44
    What is your whisky wisdom? Regular whisky drinker
    When would you drink this whisky? Any occasion
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great value, delicious Australian whisky!

    A staple at my place. Great neat (my preference) or with a touch of soda or tonic, or other mixers. I love to introduce people to whisky with this one.

  • Paul B.
    Verified Reviewer
    1 week ago
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Desert Whiskey?

    I recieved a gift subscription to Flaviar and this was the first delivery. I'd never had Starward before and was excited to try the Nova. First, after looking at the bottle, I joked with my wife about keeping it because of the amazing design. Then I opened the bottle and took and enhaled deeply. You will immediately know this is not your father's whiskey. The sweetness and buttery oak you'll enhale will let you know you're about to experience something different. Then when your tonue is rewarded with an experience that you can barely put into words. You taste berry and smoothness (if that was a taste) and notes of vanilla and spices. It is like eating a spoonful of mouse.

  • Craig O.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 55 - 64
    What is your whisky wisdom? I dabble
    When would you drink this whisky? Other
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    2 weeks ago
    Age Bracket 55 - 64
    What is your whisky wisdom? I dabble
    When would you drink this whisky? Other
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Nova

    Lovely smooth drinking over ice.

    Great service and speedy delivery

  • Alex L.
    Verified Buyer
    2 weeks ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great whiskey

    Definitely up towards the top of my list, better than blantons. nice and smooth with a sweet finish. Bright and delicious with berry notes. Amazing sipping whiskey.

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