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.
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.
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
Big, aggressive... Like Aberlour A'bunadh
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
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