Kavalan Sherry Oak

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

Average value

€ 92.04

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Sherry Oak

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.28 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. 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

  6. volker40sw scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-06-2020 at Whisky n More.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, pine needles, dried fruit, strawberries, blackberries, some earth, in the background an oaar of grasses / herbs, a few spices
    • Taste
      Honey, blackberries, lime, some earth, some nut

  8. ldcsh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Intense full sherry tones which appear to be very round and absolutely harmonic. Followed by dark chocolate, some coffee, pickled plums, blackberries, elderberry jam, pickled black walnuts and a delicate fleshiness.
      With water: very nutty, almond paste, dried plums, chocolate, meaty accents and pickled black walnuts.
    • Taste
      Pronounced Sherrytönig with tobacco, leather, prunes, spicy oak, pickled black walnuts, chocolate chips, sour cherries and a floral jute note. A veritable essence.
      With water: fresh, full of sherry, leather tobacco, plum juice and spices. Top!
    • Finish
      Long, chocolaty and coffee-proof. Later also spicy oak.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    No off notes whatseover. Very well-rounded and accomplished, but also pretty acidic and sherry-dominated.


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