Wine Cask Single Malt WhiskiesMost whisky lovers prefer whisky that’s been finished or wholly matured in casks besides standard issue xBourbon. Sherry and wine casks generally infuse more flavour and texture, yet the practise has only really been pushed in the last few decades. The aim is to introduce a secondary, complexing flavour that also complements the flavours of the whisky in question. It takes experience, though no doubt there’s an element of luck involved too. Mixing wine with whisky doesn’t always work. The liquid to liquid transfer isn’t instant. Results can be frustratingly inconsistent with success sometimes limited to a single barrel. We find the best examples include moderate peat input which seems to help harmonise the flavour range. Also of particular interest here is the locally produced Starward Wine Cask Edition which recently took out Best Australian Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards in 2017.