Kavalan Sherry Oak

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Casks
57.0 % Vol.
200 ml
Added on
27 Feb 2015 11:02 am by Bachess

Average value

€ 52.55

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Sherry Oak

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 points

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful 'sherry bomb', full aroma and taste, nicely balanced. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but all in all really a pleasure to drink.
    • Nose
      Raisins, red fruit, apple syrup. Plum. Caramel, chocolate, honey. Nice full smell.
    • Taste
      Pepper, red fruit, apple syrup, chocolate, raisins. Warm, full. High Abv well noticeable. Is a small but not disturbingly bitter undertones.
    • Finish
      Peppery, red fruit. Dry mouthfeel. Long. Chocolate. Heating. Again a small bitterness in the background.

  3. Skiddilly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    First few drams I was quite disappointed about this Kavalan. Had a sample of a Solist before and I loved it: https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/41530/kavalan-solist

    This Kavalan will get better with some air in the bottle, but still not as good as the one I had before. It's somewhat sharper and more bitter I would say.

    -88 points-

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweetness: Raisin, cherries on syrup and date. But also a clear sour note of cranberry. Apple syrup, mocha, toffee, prune and roasted nuts.
    • Taste
      Prune, raisin, cherry and a sour touch of dried cape gooseberry (incabes). With water also toffee, mocha and apple syrup.
    • Finish
      Those sour berries again and some cocoa.

  5. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    tested version of September 25, 2015 I was very disappointed and was expecting something better than the 46% sherry oak version. A batch problem? 84+ / 85 -
    • Nose
      lots of polish and very roasted coffee. Dark chocolate, very slightly sulfur. Alcohol well integrated. More coffee with water
    • Taste
      Coffee, varnish, chocolate, traces of raisins. Very slightly creamy and not very sweet. End of mouth quite acid and bitter, because of wood and youth
    • Finish
      pronounced acidity, varnish, bitter wood, gentian.

  6. hartist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A too short maturation (commercial reason?) Has somewhat limited the potential of this bottle.
    • Nose
      Sherry full nose, alcohol, touch of varnish, overripe fruits (figs, dates), exotic spices, oleaginous, citrus zest, sandalwood.
    • Taste
      Mouth unbalanced by too much alcohol; addition of water (much) imperative. Notes of matured wine, the fruits of the nose are still there, strong spices (chilli) and fragrant (cloves, nutmeg, star anise).
    • Finish
      Really long, on spices and black fruits with a hint of bitterness (bitter oranges).

  7. moviemaniac scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Whoa, what an intense, heavily sherried beast! Definitely not a beginner’s dram! You can tell the old ex-solera sherry casks – a whole different league than the modern, quickly sherry-impregnated casks designed for use in the whisky industry. Loads of intense, dry ex-sherry cask influence with spices, dried fruits (more the aromas, not the sweetness). 

    Full tasting notes: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/10/28/tasting-kavalan-solist-sherry-nas-20cl-bottle/

  8. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. DalaDanne scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The smell is great. Tastewise it's good, clean sherry - but be careful adding water. It turns this dram into a dry rasinbomb quite fast. Good stuff!


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