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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. At the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition this exciting Taiwanese whisky received a Gold Medal and an impressive score of 91 out of 100.
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Strong, balanced truly unique
14th January 2017
Inviting and warm - with just enough smoke to balance to caramelized sugars, followed by a refreshingly sweet, trailing surprise of melon and apricot-like flavor. Definitely one of the best out there.
25th June 2016
Amazing taste. More complex and balanced than The Solist Sherry expression.
21st February 2016
I was truly stunned by this bottle. It has so much to offer. Complex and sweet. Dried figs and some bananacake. Strong and in no need of water.
29th December 2015
I was stunned by the full and powerful flavor of this whisky. It can compete with some verry good Scottish whisky's out there.
7th July 2015
I believe the winning cask number is W090220051 58.6% from Whisky Magazine.
27th June 2015
To those stating the winning cask number, how do you know this? I cannot find those details anywhere??
22nd June 2015
This is a fantastic whisky. I almost couldn't believe how young it is. Do note: This is a single-cask whisky (this means that every individual cask will produce a whisky with a slight difference.) The winning cask at the World Whisky Awards 2015 was cask number W120120021A with an ABV of 58.6%
26th May 2015
The nose is very welcoming, not brash, but inviting. You can smell fruity aromas from a variety of fruit like a fruit cocktail. You can smell the wine influence in the nose. Subtle on the palate, no real spice on the tongue until you sample, and a bold presence hits you that isn't overpowering but feels like red wine/ cognac like an armagnac. Almost like a cabernet sauvignon. Dark fruit, plums, red apples, blackberry. Delightful to smell, great dark color and thin legs on the glass. Maybe 8yr-11yrs. Overall, very enjoyable. Grab a bottle.
23rd April 2015
Taiwanese whisky is said to mature faster than scotch because of the weather being hot and humid. "Angel's share" is around 10%.This whisky is an amazing expression of the King Car Distillery. Best single malt in the world 2015. "tastes like bourbon infused chocolate milk".
19th April 2015
Gave it a try a number of times.Appearance:caramel / dark amber / redNose:Fresh fruity notes with vanilla, honey and raisins.Taste:Big hit of alcohol with dark chocolate, dried plums and raisins. A bit peppery.Finish:Pepper fades into a warm feeling of burnt caramel and vanilla and quite quickly disappears.Personal opinion:This whisky seemed fabulous at first, but then the feeling went away. The taste comes with a lot of alcohol, adding the water does not help this liquor, and the finish is too short. Overall this seems like a quite young whisky and could use a bit more of aging; it is being easily beaten by my favourites in the 'wine cask maturated' category.
16th April 2015
Had my first encounter with this whisky yesterday and it was a night to remember! Nose:Endless discoveries when nosing this one. Honey, chocolate, cafe latte, and a really nice bourbon feel to it. Adding water will give you dark tea, toffee, burnt sugar and sweet corn.Taste:Really intense dark chocolate at first, a lot of vanilla and honey, burnt sugar, cream and spice! Adding water decreases the taste of this whisky. Finnish: Not the longest finish but really and very pleasant. The chocolate follows trough amazingly as well as the cream and burnt sugar
2nd April 2015
Kavalan SOLIST Vinho Barrique:Appearance:Caramel, golden brownNose:Chocolate, toffee, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, fruitcake, stewed fruit is right, malty, maple doughnut, honeyPalate:Instant impact, numbing the tongueSweet, spicy, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, raisins, pepper, fireFinish:Medium-longFire gives way to comfortable warming, dried fruits and chocolate Conclusion:Consistent from nose to finish, very tasty, big, bold, Not worth the $200 I paid, but still a good one.
26th March 2015
Try it. Seriously.I love both the Sherry cask one and this one, but if I had to choose I would pick this one. Much more original and balanced.Kavalan is surely becoming one of my favourite distillery !
31st July 2014