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Distilled by Kavalan, and bottled at 46% ABV without an age statement or information regarding the type of sherry, this bottling makes up part of Kavalan's core line and retails around the $129 mark.
Rich, pungent, spicy on the nose. Stewed fruits, honey, tobacco and a bitter varnish character. A bit of proofiness - the indication of a good bit of ethanol - despite the lower proof.
Thin on the palate. Sweet at first, turns bitter after a short while. Sweet cream, blackberry, sulfurous sherry, tobacco, clove and more ethanol.
Short finish, hot once more, with bitter sherry and sulfur notes. Oddly tannic despite the thin palate, more bitter than sweet. Lacks integration.
An easy pass, especially since this release typically requires shelling out $120 or more. It's thin, hot, overly bitter, and more importantly: lacks complexity. It seems as if it may suffer from the same issues many Texas whiskeys encounter: aggressive tannings from extreme climates and suspect wood management. Save your spend for sherries scottish malts.