• Solera

Solera

Single Malt Whisky
750ml / 43%

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
23 Reviews
Regular price $75
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Our rich, complex original.

Solera was our very first whisky and is a bona fide Starward take on a traditional whisky expression. Rich and well balanced jammy fruits, creme brûlée and spice with a lingering dry finish. Solera neat, over ice or shaken up in a classic cocktail.

There’s a time for tradition and there’s a time to go rogue.

Solera was the first whisky where we borrowed from tradition then started asking questions. It left us with a whisky deemed world class not just by us, but award judges too.

Tasting notes

Nose / Bright tropical and orchard fruits, caramel and vanilla.


Palate / Toasty caramel and creme brûlée, banana, figs and sweet spice.


Finish / Juicy and full with a lingering dry spice.

A touch of our first ever cask in every bottle.

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. It's the inspiration for making our Solera. And it means there's still a touch of our first ever cask in every bottle made today.

We source every Solera ingredient from just a day's drive away. A quintessential grain like Australian malted barley was a no-brainer to start with. Then, for a bold, craft flavour we ferment our barley with brewers' yeast.

Next, the barrel.

We wanted barrels with one hell of a history. Our Apera barrels, an Aussie fortified wine similar to Sherry, have typically held spirit over decades. That's some seriously flavorful oak.

A neat reflection of Melbourne.

At first, maturation was a bit of trial and error. We were used to Scottish whiskies with age statements over a decade long. But we soon found out that wasn’t Melbourne weather’s style. The wildly varied temperatures of one Melbourne day means whisky works harder in the barrel, absorbing flavor from the wood in a much shorter time.

With this elemental maturation, Solera is a neat reflection of Melbourne; wild weather and all.

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 23 reviews
100%would recommend this product
23 reviews
  • Adrian S.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 65+
    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? A Gift
    4 months ago
    Age Bracket 65+
    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? A Gift
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Impress an Indian Scotch Drinker

    About 40 years ago I was introduced to Scotch by an Indian friend. When I asked him what he mixes Scotch with he said 'Scotch' but maybe some ice (we live in Darwin). When my Daughter bought me a sample pack of Starward in Melbourne, for my Birthday, I decided to enjoy it with him. We most certainly did. I have since placed 3 orders online and will be a very regular customer from now on.

    I was always of the belief that pure water was vital in producing the best Scotch and the thought that Melbourne could even compete was beyond my comprehension.

    Congratulations on sensational products. At 67 I still have time to explore the joys of life.

  • ruralbob (.
    Verified Reviewer
    4 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    I love this!

    I got a sample of this in the Flaviar 2023 Advent Calendar and enjoyed it so much that I had to buy a bottle. I'd never tried an Australian single malt before but this is one of the best whiskies I have ever had. Very comparable to a Speyside Scotch. Smooth, sweet, a bit of a bite, very sippable.

  • gareth d.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 55 - 64
    What is your whisky wisdom? Regular whisky drinker
    When would you drink this whisky? Special occasions
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    5 months ago
    Age Bracket 55 - 64
    What is your whisky wisdom? Regular whisky drinker
    When would you drink this whisky? Special occasions
    Was this purchased as a gift or for your collection? Myself/ Collection
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Solera shines.

    Sometimes you want single dimension whisky, other times not. When you want a party balloon explosion in your mouth, drink Solera. Xmas in a bottle.

  • Stephen F.
    Verified Buyer
    Age Bracket 65+
    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
    5 months ago
    Age Bracket 65+
    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 star!

    Lovely drop. My budget doesn't stretch to whisky at the $100+ range like Solera, but the black friday sale price was too good to not try it.

    I'm hooked... undeniably better than Nova, and I am hooked on that too.

    I've always liked the kick of a peaty whisky and although Solera is not obviously peat driven, it's got that 'something' that gives it that punch.

    Great work for an Aussie company. I've tried a few Aussie drops, but never been engaged like this 👍🥃

  • James M.
    Verified Buyer
    7 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Wow

    I didn't know what to expect for an Australian whiskey. I am a fan now. The solera being fortified in wine barrels hit you right away on the nose and even more on the taste buds. Sweet notes up front with a Carmel smooth finish.

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