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BBaF Podcast: Australia’s Starward Whisky with Founder David Vitale

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Listen to Episode 105: Australia’s Starward Whisky with Founder David Vitale

This week’s guest on the Bit by a Fox Podcast is David Vitale, founder of Australian whisky brand Starward. It’s only been a year and a half since Starward officially launched in the U.S. but the Melbourne-based distillery has been around since 2007.

Their star expression was also the first expression available in the states – Starward Nova, a single malt whisky that has been matured in Australian red wine barrels. This unique whisky has been as much of a hit here as it is in its home country, continuing to collect all the whisky awards.

David and I discussed special quality red wine barrels bring to Starward, the fascinating history of Australian whisky, and his recent move to the states in order to help his brand thrive here. 

This week’s featured cocktail is one of David’s favorites – an Inverted Manhattan using Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky:

Inverted Manhattan
2 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
1 oz Starward Two-Fold Australian Whisky
2-3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Cocktail Cherry for Garnish

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.


photos courtesy of Starward.

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