Kavalan Selection

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Calculated age
10 years old
1st Fill Puncheon
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Netherlands
nl Netherlands
Added on
16 Jan 2020 8:50 am by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 268.40

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67 × member ratings

158 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Selection

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.09 points

  1. jhsoft scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    This is simply the best sherry bomb I know (price segment up to € 200). Phenomenally intense, you just can't stop smelling it. It took me half a movie to enjoy the smell incessantly until I finally allowed myself the first sip. The only real competitors I know are the Selection Port and the Glenlivet 1st Fill Sherry Butt. Despite the barrel strength, the alcohol doesn't bother you in the least, dilution only reduces the intensity :)
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. dandyman scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Drinks like an old bottling of a top notch CS Macallan. Doesn't need water.
    Amazing stuff!

  3. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very intense sherry aromas paired with fresh notes of the distillery character. Perfectly balanced.
    • Nose
      92 92
      First light fruit notes, marlons, malt and grain notes, then bananas, cherries, honey, complex and overripe. Tobacco, dark chocolate, figs, dates.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very intense, creamy texture, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, but water brings more aromas ...
      Dark fruit notes, cherries, plums, blackberries in abundance, plus tobacco, woody elements, honey sweetness, ripe strawberries.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, with a fruity sweetness and very intense oak bitterness, which however never becomes unpleasant due to the fruitiness and sweetness.

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan is one of those distilleries that I've held in high esteem since the early days of my whisky days. It's been a while since the last Kavalan for me and I want to check whether it's stayed that way, because over the years and with a little more experience you like things that you used to find boring and vice versa.

    And I am happy to say that Kavalan can still inspire me with this very special and special way. I wouldn't compare it to Scottish whiskys either. Kavalan is its own kind of whisky, but a very, very good and enriching kind.
    And by the way: a cask-strength Kavalan can always handle a good amount of water, but at the same time it doesn't necessarily need it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very, very intense aromas and with Scottish whiskys I would probably say: totally overloaded, you no longer recognize the character of the malt, etc. With Kavalan, however, the intense and powerful aromas are the character of the malt.

      Dark-spicy sherry with sweetness, noble dark wood from mahogany, a light tobacco note, plum must syrup and everything very intense, but not clumsy and that is the difference to overrun sherry boards.

      The 58.6 percent give off real power here, but the whisky still doesn't seem a bit alcoholic because the aroma load is in front of it. Dark chocolate is also clearly identifiable.
      With water, it becomes a bit like Bunnahabhain 12.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the palate again intense and full aromas of dark liquorice (not liquorice!), nutty sweet and at the same time dry sherry aromas, leather and a super oak note with cherry and tannins.

      The alcohol is well integrated, but still clearly noticeable. I'll put it this way, after this dram, other whiskys probably don't really come into their own anymore, because the power is already very present.

      With water it becomes a lot sweeter and not as heavy - I like it a lot with water too - but then it loses a bit of its classic trait and unique profile.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry wood and spicy sherry stay quite long.

  5. GlenoftheGeese scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    the definition of a sherry bomb, such a fun intense Whisky. Amazing stuff...

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A cleaner profile than the other Selections that I know. That fresh grain touch is uncommon.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The first thing that stands out is a freshness that reminds me of an old single grain. Blood orange. Then getting more treacly with cherry, mocha and date.
    • Taste
      89 89
      More emphasis on the dark treacly notes, but still that freshness underneath. Mocha, hazelnut, date, blood orange and grape.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Dark chocolate, hazelnut, cherry and coffee.

  7. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts with a typical Kavalan note of sweet marzipan. Above are waves of walnuts and tart furniture polish. A hint of glue resonates in the background.

    A chocolaty spiciness spreads in the mouth, which turns into spicy-woody nuts and dark chocolate on the finish. Finally, an association of cedar wood remains.
    Length: 6/10

    Very spicy malt that reminds me of Edradour single cask bottlings.

    Rating: B+

  8. maltaholic scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    He already looks great.
    Deep red-brown.

    Do you know these mocha pralines?
    That's how it smells.
    A very intense nose.
    Old sherry, old wood.
    A slightly sweet note.

    Extreme start!
    warming up.
    It feels wonderful in the mouth.
    Will certainly take a drop of water.

    It is said that Kavalan ripens quite quickly in Taiwan's muggy and humid climate. The Angels Share is also correspondingly large after a few years.
    The benefit of this process seems to be that you have a well matured whisky without the cask looking worn or bitter.

    What a wonderful combination!
    It gets a very high rating from me...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Totolino scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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