Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask

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  • Distiller:

    Kavalan

  • Bottler:

    Kavalan

  • ABV:

    59.4%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: It imparts dark weighty fruit, blackened oak, cooked apple, and a twister of peppery turmoil. Add water liberally to unlock figs, dates, and plums.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: Thick and spicy taste with strong black pepper on top of a caramel syrup note at the start, followed by cloying raisin and plum notes as the pepper fades. Finish is short and disappears quickly.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It got Gold at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2013. Well deserved!
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The palate is rich and fruity, with blackberries and plums, but it also has a nutty element, as well as cloves. Finally the finish shifts to a drier note, highlighted by tobacco leaves and cocoa.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The body is intense, a bruising collection of Madeira notes, rum-soaked raisins, burnt orange peel, and cocoa bean. Slightly bittersweet on the finish in the way that old sherry can be, it’s a digestif style whisky with plenty of depth and originality.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: After my first bottle, I bought another. After my second bottle (this one), I bought two more. If that is not a testament to this whisky, nothing is. A must try whisky in our opinion.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: A lot of the big guns in this sphere - GlenDronach and Glenfarclas walk the fine line between powerful and dominating and they do it with excellence. This is a clear example of a dram being dominated by sherry.
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  • Intro:

    This is a young Taiwanese whiskey aged in sherry and bottled at cask strength. It is aged in Oloroso.

  • Nose:

    Huge, rich, sherry on the nose. Syrupy, stewed fruits, honey, sulfur, pepper, Dole syrup. It's sherry kicked up to 11.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, rich sherry fruits. Sulfur is powerful here, lots of pepper, dry oak, tobacco and earthy cocoa. No underlying base spirit character at all - it's almost just a vehicle to get the most sherry possible to the consumers palate.

  • Finish:

    Medium and super sweet - syrupy sherry is just dominating while the sulfur pounds your palate.

  • Overall:

    This is unusual in that I think I've finally found a sherry bomb that's too sherry. A lot of the big guns in this sphere - GlenDronach and Glenfarclas walk the fine line between powerful and dominating and they do it with excellence. This is a clear example of a dram being dominated by sherry. It's going to need to be more complex next time in order to score better. I'm looking forward to trying the other Kavalan expressions I have lined up, though.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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