I've had a few of the starward offerings. I've found their cheaper stuff (like nova and two fold) to be fair for the price. How was the high abv on the gingerbeard?My first foray into local whisky, got me a Starward (Melbourne distillery) ginger beer cask-aged whisky. It's good, but not really worthy of its $150/bottle tag. Moderately smoky, and a noticeable but not overpowering spicy zing from the ginger are good notes, but otherwise it's a bit rough around the edges. I like it, but I've had better, for $fewer from the Gaelic experts. 3/5
Out of Melbourne I quite like the gospel solera rye.