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Oloroso Sherry matured single cask whisky from Taiwan, bottled without artificial colouring or chill filtration. Now finally available in Europe, Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask won a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was named Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards in 2012!
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I completely disagree with the last two reviews. It's stunning....great cakey, sweet drinking chocolate on the nose, very sweet, black treacle and something green or a tinge of rubber (!?) mixed with sweet sugary treacle, a tad vanilla. It's very distinctive but so good. Much the same tasting, massive sherry bomb (no bigger one) , porty richness, sweet, thick and fruity, finish is long and powerful with a good amount of liquorice. Totally agree once you hit this it's going to overpower a lot of others and I can understand why some may find this quite powerful and different. It's a monster with cheese, especially a good parmesan. Easy 5 stars.
14th March 2017
Awful tasting whiskey. expected better as this is the first time trying a kavalan whiskey. over powering, undesirable taste.
1st March 2017
This is actually quite disappointing. There is plenty of sherry in it, true. But the taste of it is shallow, and lacks certain level of complexity. This does not have age statement on it, but I suspect the spirit did not simply spend enough time in a cask. And the cask had sherry still floating at the bottom for sure ;). For this price I would expect something way better.For a quality sherry matured whiskies, stick with Glenfarclas.
9th February 2017
Most drinkers might find it a little too strong taking it neat. But once it settle down on your palate, it's intense flavour is lasting and really great! Worth a try!
21st May 2016
complexity in this sherry bomb. A next level on the glendronach 18 year old. Highly recommended. Amazing what they have done in such a short amount of time.
12th April 2016
This whisky is a sterling achievement from this excellent Taiwanese distillery. It has a vibrant fruity smell thanks to the sherry casking during its making and the visually the colour compliments the aroma with a deeper slightly ruby colour compared to the other Kavlan whiskes.The taste is complex with deep almost berry taste to start off with followed by a slightly oaked vanilla flavour. Despite its high alcohol content this whisky is very well balanced and the flavours leave you questioning whether this really exceeds the 58% mark.
I recommend building up to this with a few other drink before hand. At 57.8% alcohol, you want your senses desensitized a bit. Having it as the first drink of the day, all I taste is the burn.First impression, this smells too much like sherry. Why not just drink sherry? But it really opens up after a couple sips. Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. A fruit bomb if there ever was one. Once, in my many tastings, I got a hint of coffee and mmmmmm, been chasing it ever since. The finish varies, something more fruit and sometimes wood barrel goodness. All in all, not my favorite, but very interesting. I keep it around to show people the range scotch can have. For an intro, I usually go a Highland, then a Islay, then this.
27th September 2015
Superb and one of the kind!
24th June 2015
Hi there! The current batch is from cask number S081219016 and retains the 57.8% ABV. However, in future the cask number will change, based on the availability of the product, so we cannot guarantee that the current cask number will be the same in a few months' time. --The Chaps at Master of Malt
11th May 2015
Any chance for a cask number? It's not on my sample.
9th May 2015
I love sherried whisky so I thought I'd give the Kavalan a whirl. Nose: Intense! As you would imagine it's full of Sherry Sherry Sherry and then more Sherry which is propelled by the high ABV. In my bottle I had currant, jam, licorice, and some mild phenolic almost mecurocrome notes.Taste: Without water it's hard to overcome the alcohol , but with a little water it comes alive. Again, loads of grape, red fruits, mild oak and spices - tastes as it looks - deep, rich and full of flavour. Finish: Long and warming -NICE A POWER PACKED dram that is not for the novice. I fear it will scare many a whisky drinker that has not gone through many a whisky before attempting this bad boy. Amazingly powerful for a young whisky Conclusion : Unusual, glad I tried it, not sure I'd buy second bottle at the price, guess that's saying something #justsaying
6th April 2015
As a whisky lover with a clear bias towards Scottish whisky, I was blown away by this. Captivating nose, mouth watering taste, fascinating finish. Lovely stuff.
11th February 2015
I had heard good things about Kavalan Solist Sherry on various web based discussion so I thought I would try it. Wow! what a dram. an absolute delight of a sherry bomb. if Sherried whisky is your thing, you must try it. you simply must
One of the most lovely whiskies I have ever had the pleasure to taste...........I do recommend a " tear" of water to allow the bouquet and full flavours to come out from behind the alcohol
7th February 2015
Nose: very rich sherry taste, the fruitiness immediately shocks the system and stands out.Palate: again the sherry takes over, it immediately grabs your attention. As sips go on the fruitiness comes out a little more.Finish: even with the sweetness, it is hard to hide 57.8% alcohol. It can be quite harsh on the throat and leaves a taste which lingers.Overall: It's a nice flavour if you're a big fan of sherry. However, it's an expensive bottle at over £100.
22nd January 2015
So much so that the taste goes a long way towards a brandy. An impressive dram by itself though. For a better balanced result I'd suggest the ex-bourbon version from the same series.
16th December 2014
Tasted both the Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon and Sherry during my last trip to Taiwan. The Sherry is such a beast that rock the whisky world. Having tasted both neat and with a few drops of water, I can assure you that water literally bring the whisky alive.Nose: Very strong sherry influence with lots of fruits, and a bit of dark chocolate at the back. Palate: Mouth drying sherry that virtually bounce on your tongue like flamenco. Quite a lot of fruits and spices. End with some cocoa and nuts. Finish: Very long and gradual diminish.I can see this as a love-it-or-hate-it whisky. Some maybe scared by the strength and aggressiveness of it. But for those who like the Aberlour A'bundah or the GlenDronach Cask Strength, this is something that you must try.
26th May 2014
Expensive, but definitely worth it! Fruity, rich and smooth. The Oloroso sherry lingers underneath and makes for a rich, fruity and smooth whisky.
29th March 2014