We've been fans of Taiwanese distillery Kavalan for a long time, and we are very pleased to have been offered the chance to bottle an exclusive single cask.
Matured in an oloroso-sherry butt, the whisky is deeply coloured and intensely flavoured. It marries Kavalan's trademark fresh-fruit flavours with deep dried-fruit notes, and rich, nutty sherry-cask character. An excellent whisky that shows why Kavalan is getting so much notice.
By Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
- Fruity oloroso sherry with dry and nutty notes. Dates, prunes and aniseed develop. Old Cognac rancio adds savoury character.
- Spicy with concentrated orange – zest, juice and sweet jelly. Barrel char turns to brûlée, black liquorice and rum-soaked raisins.
- Spiced fruit cake fades to damp earth and baked apples.
- An intensely flavoured dram, with lots of nuttiness and a careful balance of sweet and savoury.
4 Customer Reviews
Unbelievable! Easily the best whisky I've ever tasted ! Wasn't really sure what I was doing straying away from "scotch" into Taiwanese whisky but what a great choice!
Big and lovely, with deep dried fruit (date honey, plum, and raisin) sweet , savory and earthy.
A good sherry monster. Good selection in the sense that it has some earthy Karuizawa notes but also keeps a certain roundness until the very end (a dry finale often being the Achilles heel of Kavalan expressions). The nose is certainly the best part.
Looks like I'll be the first to review this. Overall, however, the official tasting notes are spot on! It's a dark, mahogany red color in the bottle. Basically the color of light port in the glass. It smells musty like old wood and musty like old grapes (like a good, sweet, old balsamic) with some immediate varnishy solvent notes that fade over a few minutes. Super nutty... walnuts, perhaps. This is a very complex nose that takes several minutes to dive into as the strong alcohol smell dissipates. The cask influence is very strong with an omnipresent sweet sherry nose. Undiluted it is strong, as expected. But, perhaps, not as strong as I would have expected. Drying. Very sweet and spicy. Grape jelly. Finish is spicy, sweet, oaky, and balanced tannins. Long and pleasant. Overall, really nice. An excellent, complex sherry bomb with lots of good flavors. Heavy sherry influence (have I reiterated that enough?). Nicely mature. Great strength. Would give 4.5/5 if that was an option, though I leaned just slightly lower (~85/100) due to the price point.
Founded in 2005 on the site of a mineral-water bottling plant in northern Taiwan, Kavalan has spent the past decade becoming a major player in world whisky. Since launching internationally in 2011, Kavalan has picked up awards from around the globe, with Solist bottlings topping the Malt Maniacs Awards list for the past three years, Solist Fino being named as Jim Murray's New Whisky of the Year in his Whisky Bible 2012, and Vinho Barrique winning World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards in 2015.
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