Kavalan. Much talked about whisky from Taiwanese distillers King Car. This particular dram is the Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Matured. Named as Best Rest of World Single Malt 2012 and won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Big things expected from this…
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask. 57.8% abv. King Car Distillers.
MASSIVE sherry on the nose with hints of dark tobacco, fig essence, dried fruits and leather aromas.
Very viscous in the glass.
As expected its a huge sherryfied (is that even a word) palate, very rich. You can pretty much insert your own favourite sherry description here. Raisins, chocolate, vanilla, stewed plums, dark fruit jam, christmas cake, tannins, rasins steeped in strong tea. Its got it all. The high abv means it can be quite powerful and, in my opinion, benefits from the slightest touch of water, just to open it out even further.
This is a whisky to be enjoyed, analysed, mulled over and talked about with friends. It will be one that subtly changes every time you try it.
However its still upwards of one hundred pounds a bottle for a very young whisky.
Worth it or just worth trying? Stick it on your bucket list and see what you think…
(Thanks, as ever, to my whisky wingman Rab for the sample)
Buy this bottle from Master of Malt HERE
(Sample size bottles also avaliable via the same link)