Kavalan Sherry Oak

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Nov 2017 4:18 pm by whisk-O-thek

Average value

€ 112.44

4 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Sherry Oak

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.70 points

  1. Vallado scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose promised a lot, what palate and finish could not hold. The cask has given a good deal of flavor, but the whisky has a flavor imbalance, the alcohol is (too) dominant on the tongue - and not in a pleasant way - and then there is the rather short overall exit. Too bad, after the nose, I was really looking forward to the dram ...
    • Nose
      87 87
      clear, dark sherry on, raisins, rum pot, leather, berry compote
    • Taste
      78 78
      slightly alcoholic pungency, taste sensations of the nose come again
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short finish with massive, unbalanced sherry and wood tones

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Granted a really good whisky!

    [Color] dark mahogany;
    • Nose
      full sherry, raisins, spices (cinnamon?), oak;
    • Taste
      powerful onset, fruity (raisins, berries), sherry, caramel, chocolate, nuts, leather; oily and intense;
    • Finish
      long, warm finish with sherry and oak;

  3. Hotspur000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I just had my first few glasses of this over the weekend and wanted to share my thoughts (note that my bottle is from 2017):

    On the nose, I only really got two things: brandy and caramel. Both very strong and bombastic, but in a good, enticing way, and very balanced. But it really did smell more like a brandy than a whisky.

    The taste is certainly like a whisky, though. It's heavier and oilier than a normal whisky, but again, in a good way. It's very smooth and sweet, with no burn at all. The caramel/marzipan is strong at first, with the wood flavours coming through more in the finish. It is very easy and pleasant to drink. I would almost call it a desert whisky.

    I know it's fairly expensive (even here in Taiwan), but if you like sherry-matured whiskys you'll definitely like this.


    This bottling comes from the same casks as the Kavalan Soloist range, which are all around 54% ABV, diluted down with mountain water to 46%. So in a sense, if you just buy this bottle, you're getting the exact same thing as the Soloist range, but for cheaper, and with the water already added for you (unless you like to drink a cask-strength without adding your own water).

  4. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A good sherry nose and a fair amount of wood, mixed with a handfull of fresh walnuts.
    • Taste
      A pretty good quantity of oily sweetness. Rich in fruit but also a little tartly at the same time. Some floral notes before the tannins take over.
    • Finish
      Dry and tannic finish.


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