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Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

(70cl, 57.8%)

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique
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Kavalan Solist Barrique Bottling Note

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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User Reviews of the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Great stuff, if only it was a tiny bit cheaper!

Strong, balanced truly unique

14th January 2017

Delightfully complex

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

Amazing whisky

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

cask number

I believe the winning cask number is W090220051 58.6% from Whisky Magazine.

27th June 2015

Winning cask?

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

Courtesy To You from 9C

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

Great dram

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

Big punch of smell and taste

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.

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

Worthy of the title

Had my first encounter with this whisky yesterday and it was a night to remember!

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.

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

Big, aggressive... Like Aberlour A'bunadh

Kavalan SOLIST Vinho Barrique:

Caramel, golden brown

Chocolate, toffee, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, fruitcake, stewed fruit is right, malty, maple doughnut, honey

Instant impact, numbing the tongue
Sweet, spicy, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, raisins, pepper, fire

Fire gives way to comfortable warming, dried fruits and chocolate

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

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