Kavalan Sherry Oak

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Small Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2013 9:55 am

Average value

€ 91.13

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Sherry Oak

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.20 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The smell is quite acidic and despite the many red fruits quite "bright" with plenty of wood influence. I like that.
    The "light" disappears in the mouth almost completely and makes room for ripe sherry influence, the upper aged suggests to Scottish scale.
    The finish is dominated by the oak.

    The people of Kavalan know what they are doing and they do it well. A very nice whisky. However, connoisseurs who have their problems with strong oak influence should refrain.
    • Nose
      Strawberry, cherry, orange, blackberry, wood, wet leaves on the ground, a hint of licorice
    • Taste
      Noticeable appearance, clear oak, dried fruits, raisins, dates, the association of tobacco, coffee, black tea, roasted aromas
    • Finish
      The oak dominates with bitter influence, coffee, very dark chocolate, the fruity elements recede behind the oak.

  2. 11insomnium scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Fast additive maturation. Needs some time in the air to develop the great flavors in the nose. Less sweet and a little pear with water. Kavalan soloist Sherry Cask is again a bit voluminous.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry, spice, fruity-flowery heather, oak, dark dried fruit, complex and aromatic spice flavors, liqueur and brown sugar, wonderfully full
    • Taste
      Strong sherry, pickled raisins, mulled wine, sweet, dark dried fruits, full oak, spicy
    • Finish
      Spicy oak, bittersweet, sweet and slightly dry

  3. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The usual recipe for success. Full broadside of sherry paired with exotic spice and oak. I'm particularly partial to the nose here. Great example of cask spiciness.
    • Nose
      Slight nip of alcohol, then dark fruits – prunes and dates. Very savory – curry spice mixtures, with powdered ginger, cardamom, and coriander. In that it is rather close to some Solist single casks I’ve had. Herbal-spicy with huge dose of oak. Imagine an old attic that constantly is sun-lit. Quite dusty, saw dust in the air from somebody who was doing repairs in it recently. Always revolving back to the oriental curry-ness and even some liquefied licorice.
    • Taste
      Juicy oranges, immediately drying with oak spice and nutty flavors. Caramelized sugar, herbal tea – mint and aniseed. Minor maltiness paired with perfumy lavender.
    • Finish
      Medium. Brandy-infused raisins, sweet tannins, and fig chutney.

  4. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Cassis, blackberries, raisins and orange peel. Wet tobacco, balsamico, chicken broth, slightly tangy and salty. Hints of menthol and cough drops. With time, earthy notes appear. Rotting leaves in autumn, mushrooms, damp forest floor. A great nose, no single off–note is to be found.

    Taste: bittersweet with orangepeel, blackberries, raisins and tobacco. Gets then more salty, meaty and umami. The 46%abv make for a creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Even though this is NAS it doesn’t feel young at all. Only the finish is a bit short and makes you want to pour the next dram ;)

    Comments: Holy sherrybomb Batman – this is great stuff! I was a little hesitant at first because of the lower ABV and price compared to the solists and selection bottlings but this is right up my alley. On par with some of the glorious Glenfarclas Family Casks but for a fraction of the cost. Only the finish gives away the youth maybe. But for that price, I can live with that. A modern dark sherry malt that ticks all the boxes. I hope they can continue with this kind of quality. /89


  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, sherry, vanilla, almond too.
    On the palate, candied orange and red fruits, it looks like a blend of Hibiki blend, then moistened and dried woody, a little bit of tar or liquorice! Return of vanilla and cocoa!
    In the finish, same long aromas on the vanilla sprig, the cocoa again and the sherried fruits!

    A very good dram, very worked reminiscent of a long maturation!

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan Sherry Oak 46%. Consumed Oct 2019. Quite dark. Well, the aroma is all sherry cask. Hard to see anything else. There is that faintest suggestion of sulphur but also dates, raisins. Intense. Good body without being too much. Taste is again dominated by sherry with a woodiness but not too oaky. This is a clean spirit with one dimensional sherry oak taking over. Quite simplistic. There's a tipping point where dominant sherry becomes gloopy, muddled and too dominant over the whisky, and this one has tipped that balance for me. Still, I know there are plenty of people who can't get enough sherry in a whisky. 3.15/75

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice standard bottling in which the youth does not play a role. Good barrel management and turbo-maturing at high temperatures can do amazing things.
    Less intense than the solo single cask bottlings, but at least you can be sure that the quality will be good in the long term. I've had bad experiences with the soloists, who are really very different from each other (which is no wonder with individual barrels).
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice modern looking sherry nose. The alcohol stings quite a bit though.
      Very intensive. Cocktail cherry, pickled plum, oak spice, sweet Danish blueberry jam, vanilla, and a slight sourness with increasing warmth.
      Invites you to linger.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nice and sticky and oily, slightly dry and stimulates saliva. Alcohol well integrated in the mouth. The youth is hardly noticeable. Strong oak, slightly bitter, tingling spice, some cardboard and some grapefruit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish. What remains is something that reminds me of Plaume in Madeira with marzipan and dark chocolate. Enjoyable!

  8. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Gweddry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    interesting and fundamentally different from Scottish sherry, the note of rusty metal and curry is somewhat strange
    • Nose
      sweet rum, bourbon, slow release sherry, curry, chocolate cream, a trace of something musty, maple syrup, salty note of rusty metal, blueberries, pomegranate, light wood, sweet spices
    • Taste
      sweet, dried fruits: papaya, cranberries, sultanas, vanilla, mulled wine, oranges, grapefruit, fine caramel, bitter sherry, cane sugar and rum, pomegranate
    • Finish
      sherry, spicy, bitter, vanilla, oak, bitter, raisins, clay, rusty metal

  10. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sherry, licorice, green apple, raisins, biscuits grass, wood, plums, raisins, glue, bay leaf
    • Taste
      honey drops, liquorice, cherries, coffee, orange zest, leather, mocha, brown sugar, raisins, fig, sherry


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