Kavalan Selection

Overall rating
89.39/100
votes
122
Whiskybase ID
WB91030
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Vintage
01.02.2010
Bottled
05.10.2016
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Cask
Casknumber
S100201006A
Number of bottles
525
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4710085208630
Bottled for
Specially Selected by La Maison du Whisky
Market
France France
Added on
30 dec 2016 3:28 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 154.14

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Whisky reviews for Kavalan Selection

28 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.39 points.

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Dutch whisky forum 10th blind tasting, sample #8.

    Quite impressive, but this doesn't taste like whisky to me at all or at least not like something I'm directly searching for in a whisky.

    Initially I was certain this was an older cognac or maybe armagnac, but it turned out to be this Kavalan. I've retasted it since, but to me the experience is still closer to a wine distillate than a grain distillate; obviously due to the very prominent cask influence.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A thick sherry wine like note, sweet and sour, red fruits, sour cherries, stewed pear, dades, some sticky toffee/caramel sweetness, chocolate, a little sweet nuttyness (like sugar coated almonds) and some clove like spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Aggressive on alcohol, probably around 60%, dark bitter chocolate, the sour cherries, a sweet and sour wine/cognac note, wood spice (clove) with a little bitterness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long, again the dark chocolate, a cognac like sweet and sour fruitiness and warming wood spices (mostly clove).

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  3. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

  4. nippontico scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  5. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Intense sherry aromas, furniture polish, overlaid with light alcoholic notes, which after 30 minutes in the glass is still noticeable with a freshness and a slight tingling, bothers me a bit. With water, herbal notes such as lovage come to the fore, the freshness or the tingling fades.
    On the palate then herbs, dry red fruit, spicy oak and, unfortunately, also, for me in this case, annoying bitterness, becoming dry.
    Long and dry finish, again accompanied by the disturbing bitterness, which remains superficial for me even with water and thus tempts me to enjoy it a little.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Chesterfield scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Liquid Mon Cherie, very strong and tasty ...
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Kavalan! The nose alone is unmistakably a Kalavan from a port or sherry cask. I had this Kavalan Selection in my glass in April 2017 and was thrilled! The entire time is dominated by an intense and dark fruit aroma with wooden spices. Here and there old mint and eucalyptus flashes, aromas of furniture polish give the dark fruit note a special character! Despite its relatively young age, a kavalan is always a taste experience and makes you want more! Also today I am giving away a well-deserved 90 points!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      The malt rests wine-red in the glass, after swirling, thick oily "legs" immediately form on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, which slowly search their way back into the glass. The first impression of the nose is unmistakable! Kavalan! Dark berry aroma with a touch of furniture polish rises powerfully from the glass, intensive and powerful sherry aroma mixes with old walnuts and dark dark chocolate. Zest from oranges plays with mandarins and peaches, coffee powder trickles onto raisins and dates, creamy caramel and toffee rest on the tongue, sour cherries mix with vanilla. A minty freshness rises from the powerful fruity note, spicy wood aromas and oriental spices mix and release a wonderful aroma.
    • Taste
      Fruity and dried berries flash briefly with the first sip, then spicy and sometimes bitter oak explodes in the mouth. Wood sharpness with a pinch of white pepper is created, dark and tart wood notes rise from the sharpness and end in a touch of furniture polish and glaze. Again these oriental spices come to the fore, mint and eucalyptus spray a fresh note. The sharpness slowly sets in again and covers the entire mouth with cozy warmth. Juicy oranges and creamy peaches, followed by apricots and currants, strawberries and raisins, the fruity aroma is impressive!
    • Finish
      The aftertaste starts to be cozy and warm with a subtle spiciness, dark grapes and berries still dominate, tart and slightly bitter wood aromas change into finely spicy wood and hints of polish. The sweet raisins and dark grapes flash through the tart wood aromas, strawberries and morello cherries, the spice note comes back to life. The Kavalan exudes its intense aroma for a long and powerful period.

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    6 years in Taiwan should be like 20 years in Scotland, but the calculation is probably not that simple. Although it was only founded in 2005, Kavalan has already established itself internationally and also at the awards. I personally like the sherry and vinho bottlings very much. Here a barrel for La Maison du Whisky is bottled and most of the time the bottlings are of a rather high quality. Respect to the French neighbors. The color suggests a blatant sherry boom. It hits the nose straight away, and what I always like about Kavalan is zero sulfur again. Haven't had any sulfur kinky whisky from this distillery. Drum management and timely filling seem to work there - whatever. Beautiful oak, sherry, solid dates and tobacco. Walnut in a leather coat. Wet oak board is carved under your nose head-on. Very woody and oak-heavy in taste. Herbal candy, vanilla cream and fresh tobacco leaves again. Very sugary and at the same time bitter. Some dried cranberries and dates. Spicy-tart finish. Not really unpleasantly bitter, but rather dry, tart and astringent. Coffee break in a sawmill in the Middle East. Bäämm, it pops in properly, no whisky for wimps or aesthetes. It precedes directly with the barrel whip, but always uses special fruit and spice elements that I really like. I realize I need more Kavalan supplies! 90 points

  9. KSC711 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Marriage of Mon Cherie and Ferrero kisses!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Both with water and without very recommendable. There is a lot to discover
    • Nose
      Very intensive. Dried fruit; heavy oak tones; delicate bitter notes; Oranges; Plum; Nut; damp tobacco leaves;
      undiluted everything is much more intense; Citrus becomes stronger; more dark fruits;
    • Taste
      strongly spicy; Lovage very intense; dark dried fruits; Citrus; Wood; Dry sherry; Nutmeg; delicately bitter; becomes dry in the mouth; slightly peppery; very light nuttiness; always lovage
      undiluted: citrus; Lovage; nice and creamy, what a power. It's very charged. Tobacco;
    • Finish
      Spicy; strong; getting dry; Cinnamon; Wood; Lovage; Nutmeg; Tobacco; Spices; Clove? The nut comes out again, much more clearly than on the palate;
      light chocolate, but only completely removed. intense spices; delicate bitter notes; dark fruits

  12. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is by far the darkest whisky I've ever seen
    • Nose
      Leather, old wood, grasses, such as earth, nuts, cherry, pine needles, after a while also slightly sweeter notes with honey and cinnamon
    • Taste
      Leather, tobacco, dried fruits, grasses, grapefruit, wood, coffee, some pepper

  13. Glen Krid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. WillemvdK scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Wow! Sherry bowl. Raisins, walnut, cherries, shoe polish, coffee, rubber.
    Taste: Sweet. Cherries, but then including the seeds. Very bitter. Dry in the mouth.
    Judgment: Nose promises a lot of good, but the taste and mouth feel ruin it. Too many tannins. Forced ripening in a new vessel. Not my thing. Nose top but further downsides.

    Thanks to the Virtual Blind Tasting 10 of the Whisky Forum!

  15. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting HWF-VBT 10 Sample 8
    • Nose
      sherry, vanille, verbrand hout, kersen, drop, bruine suiker, fudge, appel
    • Taste
      sherry, kersen, bloed sinaasappel, pure chocolade, hout, as

  16. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    HWF-VBT # 10. Blind tasting:
    I think it's a good whisky. I can only say in no way what this is. This is full in the sherry, because of this the distillery influences are completely masked, so this can also be a cs Millstone; Erdadour, Glenlivet or Aberlour. In terms of taste, I think it's fine and I say 88 points
    • Nose
      Yes tie clear first fill sherry yes. One in the category: "I doubt that the barrel was really empty". Try to find something under that thick blanket of all sherry notes. So on the nose, this is also high in the alcohol. This is a spicy version of a sherry bomb. There are nuts in five spice and biscuits and gingerbread spices. With water, the alcohol indeed flattens cleanly and leaves a firm sherry nose.
    • Taste
      Full and round your whole mouth full of red fruit and other sherry nuts. Very high in the alcohol and there is so pure a somewhat sour taste. With water, more sweets and red hard candies come forward. Fruitella also by the way. Fortunately, the wrange is more in the background.
    • Finish
      Long length. Furthermore, there are still some taninnes present to the obvious sherrynotes. This bothers me, because they stick a long time. With water, hopefully less. With water: The length becomes shorter. The taste is a lot better. In the aftertaste again the red Fruitella's and even more red sweets. Fine in this way.

  17. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My guess was an Edradour, 60% @ 9-yo.
    Sample #8 of the HWF VBT 2018. Great finale to a great VBT.
    • Nose
      Old, musty wood, overripe red fruit, mint, raisins, red grapes, dark sugar,
    • Taste
      Fatty, overripe red fruit, musty wood, dark sugar, raisins,
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly drying, only slightly bitter. The red fruit fills the mouth and die slowly with the dark sugar, mint tones come along with it,

  18. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting HWF VBT #10 Whisky #8
    A bid to 'one-dimensional' for me and I miss the typical Kavalan fruity Christmas cask notes.
    • Nose
      Raisins, syrup, eggnog, chocoloate, liquorice, tobacco leafs and almond paste.
    • Taste
      Figs, dates, chocolate - praline and some nuts.
    • Finish
      Drying with coffee and chocolate.

  19. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well, these kind of whisky's are really of my kind, intense and full of taste. Remarkable how the intensity in the body and finish show the high Abv, where it is hardly recognizable in the nose.
    Very nice all together, a strong 90 points for me.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately a very strong and full 'nose'. Red fruits, coffee, also some earthy notes. Pure chocolate comes along, raisins, furniture polish, and again chocolate…
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very full, pungent and warming. Red fruits and pure chocolate, honey, coffee, cappuccino. Very slight bitterness, very intense whisky. Later on some winegums as well.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Light pepper still, and also very full. Again red fruits and chocolate, much more winegums in the finish now. Very warming and intense, long finish, again a little bitter now.

  21. andre8x8 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting: HWF VBT 10 # 8

    Nose:
    The Pedro Ximénez sherry scent will meet you if you unscrew the cap from the sample bottle.
    Sweet very sweet, raisins, caramel, I said sweet?

    Taste:
    What an entry and what a candy.
    Very heavy sherry, raisins, dried red fruit

    Finish:
    Warm, long, sweet, raisins, dried red fruit

    ABV:
    46%

    Age:
    19 years

    Score:
    92

  22. fgg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I find this delicious and fits perfectly with my profile.
    • Nose
      92 92
      I had previously indicated that the color does not affect my notes, but with this I think it is worth mentioning the color, it looks like cola!
      Very heavy sherry nose! Forest fruits, caramel. There is even some coffee to observe. Boenwas, very clear. Tobacco. Dark chocolate. If you take a break, you can observe the alcohol. Complex, but soft and friendly.
    • Taste
      90 90
      It comes in sweet-bitter and less heavy than you would expect at the smell. The earthy notes come to the fore, tobacco, coffee, wood. A touch of chocolate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Body: nice creamy and fat. Soft with beautiful earthy tones.
      Finish: round and creamy. Medium to long.

  23. NOBODY scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Dagobert scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  25. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry notes and wonderful fruit and nut aromas slowly flow towards me. Due to the high alcohol content (58.6% cask strength), a subtle cooling is noticeable in the nose, but deeper breaths are also possible after a few minutes of patience. Dark berry compote, plum jam, black cherries and juicy oranges set the focus with plenty of dark chocolate and nuts / almonds. Pepper, raisins, dates, many different spices, coffee and tart wood notes underline the heavy aroma load and offer a multi-faceted spectrum of aromas. Even after a (!) Good hour I don't have the feeling that the exciting journey of discovery is coming to an end.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel of the Kavalan is pleasantly creamy and soft, wonderfully full-bodied and after a few seconds becomes drier or slightly astringent. A good tingling sensation (freshly ground pepper / ginger) sets in on the tip of the tongue. Sweet and spicy, the malt begins to work on all existing taste buds. Lots of dark berries, juicy oranges, raisins, dates and dark chocolate mix with tart oak notes, a variety of spices, coffee and nuts. Even a few drops of water can hardly tame the intensity of the heavy sherry notes. The Kavalan is now a little fruity and harmonious. Warming, with a slight dryness and a hint of bitterness, the way to the finish is paved.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy, sherry continues without end and warming. A slight residual sweetness flashes for a short time before the focus shifts back to the dark fruits and tart wood notes. Dark berries, raisins, dates, dark chocolate, plenty of nuts and almond slivers as well as spices, espresso and strong oak notes let the kavalan fade away very slowly. A slight dryness and delicate bitterness remain on the palate.

  26. Fassstärke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Oloroso-Sherry-Kavalans are actually the best off the line. They are of course very intense and overloaded whiskys but if you know what you are getting into, they are very good and do exactly what they should. In this I especially like the taste, because this is the most intense and the most complex. I could keep that forever. Delicious and powerful. With my nose I have so many problems for all Kavalans but I also miss the complexity of this one.
    • Nose
      Right at the beginning a really strong nut note, above all hazelnuts, a little walnut and bitter almond, in addition the Kavalan typical basic character, naturally strong Sherry, intensive dark fruitiness, predominantly slightly tart plum and old blackberries, clear oak notes, some pepper and barrel wort. For 58.6% of the alcohol is relatively well involved, leather, the sherry dominated further, as all Kavalans meant, this also has a certain spicy note, which I can not assign to any known spice, it is more of a spice blend towards incense, Myrrh, ysamin, oriental with a certain sharpness
    • Taste
      sweet intense sherry on, present everywhere in the mouth, the volume percent working powerful at all corners in the mouth, raisins, chocolate, plum, cherry, dates, caramel, orange pulp, nuts, oak, coffee powder, sherry from top to bottom, yummy
    • Finish
      Fairly tart on the sherry, rich in chocolate, raisin, nuts, sherry fruit, berries (blackberries), dry oak, tobacco, some leather, lingering finish, some fresh mint or eucalyptus notes

  29. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    No cuddly sherry, the oak club gives him the necessary complexity for me and makes a wonderful finish. Harmony can only be found in the design of the bottle. Who seeks balance is out of place. I'm looking for just such drops and find it really good! The high alcohol content carries the flavors pretty well, without really being "hot".
    • Nose
      At first, the fruit flavors kill you. Cherry, orange juice and plum are accompanied by a slight tingling in the nose due to the alcohol. Not at all unpleasant, but as so far with all KAVALAN's, I leave the drop some time in the glass.
      In the second attempt, it is still dark fruity / sweet, but now penetrates a tart oak note in the overall flavor and does not hold in the background nor the fruit aroma is superimposed. Very balanced between wood and fruit flavors. Fits (me) very well.
    • Taste
      The first "Impact" is strong and confirms the nose. A fruity / sweetly tingling sherry aroma occupies the entire mouth, but the oak is quick to speak and the fruit aroma gets strong competition from a barrage of espresso and cocoa. The bittern notes take the lead with time, but without completely displacing the sweet / fruity note. After some time, the association of sugared espresso shoots in my head.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long, characterized by a kind of residual sweetness reminiscent of fruit tea and strong oak flavors.

  30. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This Kavalan Selection is a true splendor. Intense sherry aroma and wooden spice dominate the complete tasting. Here and there, mint or eucalyptus flashes, bringing freshness to the powerful sherry note. What should I write here? There are 90 points and another sip of the almost empty glass ;-)
    • Nose
      After the gift, oily drops immediately form on the glass wall, these search long and hard their way back into the glass. A rusty brown with a reddish tinge, the Kavalan Selection shimmers in the glass, dark berry flavor is looking for a way out of the glass. Intense and powerful sherry aroma mixes with walnuts and dark chocolate. Coffee powder trickles on raisins and dates, chocolate mixes with vanilla. A minty freshness rises from the powerful fruit. Spicy woody aromas and oriental spices mingle and release a wonderful aroma.
    • Taste
      Shortly fruity berries flash at the first sip, then spicy and tart oak in the mouth explodes. Wood sharpness develops, dark and tart wood notes rise from the sharpness. Again, these oriental spices come to light, mint or eucalyptus sprayed a fresh note. Slowly, the sharpness sets in again and fills the entire mouth with chubby warmth.
    • Finish
      Chubby warm and subtly sharp, the finish starts his work. Tart and slightly bitter wood aromas turn into fine spicy wood. The dark raisins and grapes sparkle again and again through the harsh wood flavors, the spice note comes to life again. The cavalan exudes its intense aroma for a long time.

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