Review #553. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Review #553 | /r/WorldWhisky Review #16 – Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

The Schtick: “To mature their Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique expression, the King Car distillers in Taiwan use casks which have held both red and white wines, before being re-toasted. The whisky is fully matured in these casks to help their Taiwanese single malt develop a bold, expressive flavour profile brimming with berry, plum and caramelised sugar notes.”


Distiller: Kavalan (Taiwan)

Bottler: Kavalan

ABV: 57.8% ABV

Bottled: 2017/7/3

Cask: W121225030A

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Vanilla, caramel, light nuanced stewed fruits, honey and strawberry

Taste: Medium, mild heat, sweet honey, caramel, jammy strawberry and raspberry, cocoa, vanilla. Complex and much more nuanced.

Finish: Long, sweet but mild heat. Jammy fruit blends well with cocoa and honey.

Overall: This is a complete standout against the other kavalan Ive had so far. Much more complex, far better integration of flavors. Very good.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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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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