Kavalan Sherry Oak

Overall rating
85.24/100
votes
407
Whiskybase ID
WB39837
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Small Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
雪莉桶單一麥芽威士忌
Barcode
4710085218738
Added on
05 feb 2013 9:55 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 100.63

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Whisky reviews for Kavalan Sherry Oak

69 users have left 76 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.24 points.

  1. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great sherry whisky from Taiwan, no off notes, reminiscent of cognac, the cask sets the tone here, good cask management
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark fruity, cognac, strawberry, blackberry, red wine, black cherry, orange, vanilla, a hint of flint in the background, some curry, sandalwood, psyllium
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dates, Figs, Strawberry, Blackberry, Cognac, Vanilla, Brown Sugar
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, figs, tayberries, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, some papaya, orange peel, espresso

  2. _Glenseileach_ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A surprise. Positive. So far I only knew the tasty and light gentleman Concertmaster Port and the brute soloists. Here is the (bad) compromise? By far not. On the nose, a clear sherry character on the sweet side, with a hint of sulfur (rubber), which certainly not everyone will like. This note is then no longer perceptible to me on the tongue, at the very front sweet plums and dark berries, then the spices stand out, a lot of oak, plus dark fruits, dark chocolate, espresso. In the finish, the spices disappear again and the finish on dates lasts for a long time.
    I really like it, with a small deduction in the B grade (nose).
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Gweddry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. 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

  9. claymore84 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

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  11. ldcsh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  12. 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.

  13. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. PX-Michl scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  15. JackieMoon did not rate this whisky Newbie

    I deliberately do not rate this whisky, which is something for lovers of solid oak, for the others is nothing. I have mixed feelings. He is not bad.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is not bad. However, the direction of the almost sprinkled sherry is on. Because I like the soloists of Kavalan somehow better. Of course they are extreme, but kick somehow more. I do not need another bottle of that. But there will be a soloist.
    • Nose
      Full pot of sherry. But not too cute. Blackcurrant jelly. Jostabeere. Cranberry. Then caramel. Some fig. Rumrosine. Rotten red grapes. Even spicier notes come. Soy sauce. Moist wine cellar. Tobacco.
    • Taste
      First some forest honey. Then again the red fruits. Now they are sweeter and more mature. In addition to the above, forest berries are also included. Then balsamic and cassis vinegar. Now the oak makes itself felt. A torrent of tannins spreads and it tingles a bit.
    • Finish
      The red fruits remain slightly. In addition leather and coffee.

  19. SimpleSample scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great NAS .. one of the best. 75 € absolutely ok
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherryyyyyyyyyyy ... some wood.
      Heavy, strong nose ... a few spices (clove, anise)
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sherry ... a seasoning with chocolate notes (bitter chocolate)
    • Finish
      89 89
      Drying ... Oak with a fruitiness

  20. 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

    https://justadram.org/kavalan-sherry-oak/

  21. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For the lover of sherry whisky a really good Allday Dram. Here you have done a lot of things right. Only the complexity, which one knows from longer matured Scots, is missing here of course.

    Water: three or four drops of water make it even sweeter - definitely try it!
    • Nose
      86 86
      N: chocolates and cherries) but also slightly musty and balsamic vinegar, malty, slightly burnt oak and cigar box
    • Taste
      87 87
      full sherry board, the alcohol is well integrated, in addition to oak, very complex
    • Finish
      84 84
      rather short to medium, of course, again the sherry notes, combined with oak, aftertaste then licorice and spicy notes and a slight bitterness

  22. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A nice sherry whisky without big corners and edges. He does not overwhelm anyone and is good to drink. But one notices clearly the too short additive maturation in the barrel. There is then missing somewhere but a bit the complexity, the longer matured Scottish sherry casks often bring with them.
    • Nose
      sweet sherry, vanilla, caramel, dusty, some oak
    • Taste
      very sweet, very tasty, caramel and raisins. Alcohol for 46% astonishingly braked, then comes only with time.
    • Finish
      Long finish now stronger with alcohol, bitter oak, vanilla and coffee.

  23. psiiik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. htz881 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cherries, prunes, raisins, leather, blueberries, red apples, marzipan, hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon and honey.
    • Taste
      Hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, leather, raisins, oak, cinnamon, honey, blueberries, cherries, chilli and prunes.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, warming, cinnamon, coffee, leather, oak, raisins, chilli, chocolate, honey, blueberries and baked apples.

  27. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, prunes, chocolate, leather. Raisins.Coffee too. Honey, cappuccino now more specific, and even something like soy sauce
    • Taste
      Light peppers, raisins, honey, milk chocolate. Plums.
    • Finish
      Slightly peppery, warming. Somewhat bitter undertone, wood tones. Sweet, honey, and now more pure chocolate. Again coffee.

  29. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    little expensive for vatted NAS. go for the solist instead!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      raisins, sherry, milk chocolate, honey, fudge
    • Taste
      sweet on the tooth, sherry obviously (real nice and smooth). not so dry as solist. little waxy.
    • Finish
      medium long vanilla and sherry finish.

  31. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Joa, so the hypen is not really, because overlooked sherryliebhaber but some cheap notes in it, anyway, who wants to have something extremely herrherrietes access.
    • Nose
      Fireworks ahoy, maggie sauce, raisins, some plum must, clove and chocolate, syrupy like resin, cheap leather, cherry brandy
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate, again the cheap leather, soy sauce, dark rum rum, brown sugar in the mouth, cherries and Mon Cheri, plum must but rather artificially mixed with sugar
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, young, bitter oak, liquorice, a little anise, medium to long, of course, with the sherry, sweet-bitter

  32. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  33. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ok, it cannot beat a sherry solist, but let me tell you, as an everyday dram I would prefer this one because it´s so easy going and still of very high quality.
    89/100
    • Nose
      from the start it´s exactly what you expect from a Scottish sherry bomb: raisins, prunes, leather, a bit of clay, cinnamon and a bit of allspice.
      now we know that this doesn´t come from Scotland but from Taiwan. so, where´s the difference? well, if there is any then I ´d say it´s the fresh berry fruitiness in the background which adds balance and freshness to this whisky. also some hints of a dusty attic.
      I really like this nose!
    • Taste
      oh...this is dangerous because it´s so drinkable.
      wonderful combination of berries  cherries and sherry influence. juicy and mouthwatering.
      and it´s not too sweet.
      very good
    • Finish
      medium length, very clean, makes you want more.

  34. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. wisekyofcourse 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!

  36. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful nose. Very fruity - especially dark fruits ... dominated by sweet plum notes determine the "picture". Light beeswax ... along with Mon Chérie-Marzipan. On the palate then surprisingly rather tingling. And dry. Really very "sherry". Great whisky for friends of sherry-flavored whiskys. Almost a tad too "drinkable". He is extremely dignified - you just sucked away like that ...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very good drinkable. Unfortunately more of a sherry with a lot of alcohol than a whisky. Nevertheless, I would probably have a bottle in the cupboard at a lower price ...
    • Nose
      Syrupy sweet, plum jam, raisins, roasted red fruits, accompanied by finely woven fresh resinous notes, smells like pure sherry
    • Taste
      Very sweet, red fruits, very creamy, again plums or raisins, slightly metallic note, oak but also more as a fresh wood note
    • Finish
      First bitterness from the fresh wood, then makes the plum sweetness again wide, then again tends to stick to the bitterness on the palate

  38. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during Kavalan Nosing and Tasting session, November 2015, and later on at a friend
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. Olybrius scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Really a very very good sherry whisky. The nose, in particular, is rather bluffing, and the mouth is at the same time sufficiently greedy and complex to make it a whisky to sip for the simple pleasure, or to analyze more in depth.
    • Nose
      Prunes, raisins, and cherries with brandy, but also nuts, chocolate cream, varnish and old furniture. Very nice nose, elegant and expressive.
    • Taste
      The prunes are always there in number, but it is especially the dried fruits, walnuts and almonds tapered in the lead, who take the lead, before passing the hand to very dark chocolate and coffee tight. If one concentrates, one can perceive behind notes of dried apricot and very ripe pineapple and mango.
    • Finish
      The bitterness of roasted coffee at the end of the mouth extends into the finish on more woody notes, even minty notes. Something of a white martini. Which makes this whisky very fresh and absolutely not disgusting.

  40. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I tasted at the Whisky Festival 2017. My first tasting whisky from Taiwan has turned out to be a bit better than I expected.
    • Nose
      Full, distinctive, warm. Cinnamon, glamor, bright sherry style. Creamy smooth. (88 b)
    • Taste
      So in taste it's a nice sherry monster. Full, strong, sweet, spicy. Tanned barrels in flavor, toasted toast, toast. (90 b)

  41. eppelheimer scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Red fruits, mainly cherry, vanilla and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Sherry and oak in the foreground, with cherry, raspberry and marzipan.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish with additional hints of Christmas spices

  42. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  43. ffmdino scored this whisky 46 points Connoisseur

    the bitterness is too dominant
    • Nose
      Spicy and heavy, nutmeg, sherry, a rubbery gust that later becomes dominant
    • Taste
      Full on the palate, black gum as from mature, sherry and oak very neat, spiciness and bitterness at the end
    • Finish
      long and bitter

  44. Kalle208 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Taste explosion deluxe! The nose is awesome
    • Nose
      Chocolate mousse, marzipan, honey, vanilla and caramel, hazelnut, sweet fruits (oranges, bananas, figs), a touch of oak, aromatic sherry character, reminiscent of bunnahabhain and a slight saltiness and above all hovers an association of oriental spices.
    • Taste
      very sweet, soft and round, oak and spiciness are slow to emerge and increasingly occupy the mouth, with a hint of orange and cinnamon
    • Finish
      long aromatic finish; getting drier, pleasant walnut taste

  45. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  46. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Intense, rich and complex. Toasted bread, plum and cherry liqueur. Red
    apple with whiff of burnt vanilla. Water drawn out more sweetness,
    marzipan.

    P- Very dry, chewy
    and winery. Persistent oaky to the edge of overpowering. Water down to
    enhance the spices and sweetness emerge.

    F- Medium long with
    persistent dryness and spicy oak. Bitter mouthfeel, lack finesse and
    unpleasant. Caramel sweet with water. Probably one to fit well with the
    rock.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  47. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    If I tasted this blind I would never have guessed this was a younger NAS whisky. I would rather estimate it as a 20YO+ sherry matured Speyside malt e.g. like a single cask Glenfarclas. It needs some time in your glass to open up and a wee drop of water accentuates the wood and bitter flavours. So be careful there. The mouthfeel is quite dense and full with lovely rich and lush sherry aromas.
    All in all a great sherry matured whisky.
    • Nose
      A rich, full, spicy and sweet whisky with aromas of sulphur, sherry, dried fruits (figs, dates, raisins), marzipan, mocha, chocolate, leather, marmalade, berries (blackberries, elderberries), beeswax, antique polish, cigar tobacco, burned caramel, spices (cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, ginger), toffee, walnut, hazelnut, ripe prunes, earthy tones, damp cellar, hay and rich creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A rich, dry, pricy and full whisky with aromas of subtle sulphur, lush sherry, chili, white pepper, dried fruits (Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, apricots), tannins, grape seeds, mocha, pipe tobacco, leather, beeswax, spices (cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg), candied ginger, chocolate, walnuts, hint of sea salt, earthy tones, floral tones, brown sugar, toffee, orange, marmalade and old oak.
    • Finish
      A long, sweet, rich and dry finish with aromas of sherry, sulphur, tannins, cedarwood, rosewood, red apples, unripe pears, backing spices, chocolate, mocha, orange marmalade and bitter oak.

  48. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  49. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    overpriced young whisky, lacks depth,
    maturity in flavors, but the alcohol lacks the elegance of properly aged
    whiskies
    • Nose
      sherry, burnt sugar, roasted wood, red
      fruits, musky grain, red salty dried plums
    • Taste
      spicy, somewhat salty sherry, red
      fruits/dried, red wood, coffee-ish bitterness
    • Finish
      medium, dry, oaky, somewhat salty red
      fruits, cognac

  50. Tallyortoby did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bought my bottle at Maxi Vins Strassen and had it signed by the Brand Ambassador Kim during a Tasting Class in Luxembourg

  51. jankes scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  52. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. Spirit of Delphi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Beautiful good drinkable whisky, which lacks something own personality, looks polished.
    • Nose
      Full-bodied, sherry, cinnamon, plum jam
    • Taste
      Sweet and balanced, dried fruits, marzipan, caramel
    • Finish
      Medium to long, slightly spicy in the Christmas spirit

  54. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N: Oh dear, back to mass market mulch after some fab Springbank’s and single cask TBWC bottlings. This really sticks out after higher calibre malts - and no Solist cask for Brighton! Festering, over-ripe tomatoes is the sherry character on the nose.
    T: So where's the whisky?
    F: Ok, it's a split between sherry and Armagnac with some ‘Dalmorisation’ on the finish
    C: Classic case of sherry disguising the spirit and this NAS [3yo] goes for an astonishing £79!! [Jun ’16]. What a gulf between these vattings and the [Solist] single casks.

    Scores a D+

  55. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Red fruits and chocolate on the nose!
    Very sweet with a raspberry-currant fruit sweetness and worked leather.
    A final not very long, but strong with the pleasant sensation of a sweet alcohol, nothing to throw!
    A magnificent whisky for their entry level!

  57. shaneus scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Great everyday go to whisky.  It's a watered down version of the solist so around 8 or 9 years of age.  I would recommend this, certainly at half the price of the single cask version.  I do like the solist but at ~£120GBP is too much money, this is a great compromise certainly if you only end up adding water to the cask strength. 
    • Nose
      Toffee instantly on the nose along with classic dried sherry fruits but not as deep and rich as older whiskies.  Some fruity red berries coming through as well.  Very nice.
    • Taste
      Bitter, spicy and fruity.  Slightly disjointed and doesn't live up to the nose. 
    • Finish
      Bitter, dry with some oakiness with fruit still lingering around.

  58. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My first cavalan and I did not know what to expect. But even the aroma is wonderful, pure sherry, spicy, almost reminiscent of mulled wine. Then there are the gingerbread spices, the ideal Christmas whisky. Very good!

  59. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Really good NAS whisky, but way to expensive!

  60. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  61. Drochaid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nutty and spicy aroma with dried fruits, marzipan and vanilla. Strong oak flavors with caramel and raisins. Sweet taste and slightly dry. Chocolate with dried fruits and spices. A long-lasting and fruity finish.

  62. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  63. aw-home scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  64. Falnor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The warm and gentle kind of Kavalan sherry cask. The next step will be those heavy solist sherry casks. Although I like those more, if their ABV is too high this option is good.
    • Nose
      Lot's of toffee. Sweet brown sugar and chocolate. Mocca and some cappuccino.
    • Taste
      Like a warm blanket. Chocolate, butter and oily. Some warm milk just before the mocca and cappuccino takes over. Spicy side of liquorice.
    • Finish
      In the finish some herbal notes next to the mocca. I got some menthol.

  65. pEpp0 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  66. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and certainly not a whisky I'd ever turn down.
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry influence. Has a savory side. Salty and soy sauce. A fair amount of wet or damp oak. The sweetness now comes through with dried dates, prunes and raisins.
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily. Cherry syrup. Dried forest fruits. But also pepper, truffles and chocolate. Some tobacco as well. Tastes a bit young.
    • Finish
      Bitter, dark chocolate and sweet red fruits. Medium to long.

  67. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Powerful sherry whisky, which thanks to its somewhat brittle dryness certainly pleases and thus stands in clear contrast to the usually lovely sweet Sherryfassreifungen. I like it.
    • Nose
      The sherry is very direct. Olorosote, slightly sour and a lot of oak. There are also the obligatory, dried fruits available, but the whisky smells dry at first. Only with the time evolves a subtle, but increasingly powerful sweetness, which is most reminiscent of raisins.
    • Taste
      Strong, a lot of oak, nutty, distinct bitterness, again it reminds me very much of a dry Oloroso. The fruit notes are in the background, but present.
    • Finish
      Herb on oak, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Finally, a few raisins

  68. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  69. Dramlicious scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan released more recently two brand new expressions in order to bridge the gap between their core range and their single cask range called “Solist”. Both new expressions, which go by the name of KAVALAN Ex-Bourbon Cask respectively KAVALAN Ex-Sherry Oak, are produced in bigger batches and between four and six years old when bottled.

    http://dramlicious.com/worldwide-wednesday-episode-13

  70. Rom scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The influence of sherry explodes directly on the nose with a lot of nuts and a little dust. Sweet attack, oily texture a little oily, a little dust. Long final. Good sherry but lacks a bit of scale / power and does not have the varnish side of Solist.

  71. fradin11 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      59 59

  72. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very oily and dark. Immensely impressive considering its young age.
    • Nose
      Very clear sherry, full of fruits - cherries, prunes, then truffles and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Quite bitter, the dark side of sherry. Raisins, dates, cinnamon, cocoa.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry, very fruity.

  73. nicolas94 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    An excellent whisky that is overflowing with temptation, playful, enticing My first Kavalan and I'm not disappointed!
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity (red fruits: grape juice, citrus) but especially dry prune, very inviting
    • Taste
      Slightly greasy, very fresh The prune still dominates, but the wood knows how to be recognized Spicy freshness on the finish
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, pleasant, mix of wood and cooked wine

  74. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The color is impressive for a barrel so young ...
    It is expected to be a very big sherry, but the overactive keg delivers a whisky between them waters, both rich and powerful, with lots of sherry aromas, thick, and at the same time very young and marked by the wood .
    • Nose
      We feel the bole very active ... A lot of wood, traces of varnish. Alcohol is moderately integrated. With a little airing, we discover the notes of sherry: a little prune, dry nuts, hazelnuts, some spices (cumin, Espelette pepper).
    • Taste
      The appetizer is really nice: thick, fat, just enough sugar, plum and dried fruit. Then comes after notes that make you younger: a lot of wood, not ripe walnuts, some bitterness.
    • Finish
      More woody, a little vinous, always on dry fruits.

  75. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A magnificent whisky. Super dress. Amazing to taste.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, fruity red, cherry, melon, honey and especially prune. Very playful. Alcohol perfectly associated. Very complex. Very large.
    • Taste
      Less interesting than the nose. Yet very fresh. A little fat and lining. Rich and complex. Very soft. Very refreshing. Delicate and organic. Playful too.
    • Finish
      Not very long, but very nice.

  76. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful composed sherry profile based on a robust new make. Very clean and fresh. One for the summer. Maybe a tad too young as the new make shines through and lacks the complexity of the older siblings of the Solist-range.

    Already tasted several Kavalan (Solist ex Bourbon, Sherry, Vinho and Fino) and all have been wonderful. I admire it's robust and fruity style, somewhere between Glenfarclas and Macallan. Quite a challenge for Scotland (and Japan).
    • Nose
      first you get varnish and putty, followed by deep sherry flavor's. Also a lot of fruits, think of dried forest fruits and berries.
    • Taste
      Nice, robust sherry profile, again more on the fruity side with enough sweetness. A bit of new make shines through. Must be young whisky.
    • Finish
      Medium long, on fruity sherry and remains clean and fresh.

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