Review #525. Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask

Review #525 | /r/WorldWhisky Review #12 – Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask

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

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Distiller: Kavalan (Taiwan)

Bottler: Kavalan (Taiwan)

ABV: 59.4% ABV

Source: Sample


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 consumer’s 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.

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Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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