Kavalan Solist Barrique
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.
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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.
caramel / dark amber / red
Fresh fruity notes with vanilla, honey and raisins.
Big hit of alcohol with dark chocolate, dried plums and raisins. A bit peppery.
Pepper fades into a warm feeling of burnt caramel and vanilla and quite quickly disappears.
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.