Kavalan Selection

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Oloroso Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Specially Selected by La Maison du Whisky
Added on
30 Dec 2016 3:28 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 166.95

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Selection

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.39 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Mysterious and deep dark, the young cavalan shimmers in my glass. Heavy sherry notes and wonderful flavors of fruit and nut flow slowly towards me. Due to the high alcohol content (58.6% cask strength) discreet cooling in the nose is perceptible, but even deeper breaths are easily possible after a few minutes of patience. Dark berry compote, plum jam, black cherries and juicy oranges are the main focus with plenty of dark chocolate and nuts / almonds. Pepper, raisins, dates, many different spices, coffee and bitter woody notes underline the heavy flavor and offer a diverse range of flavors. Even after a (!) Good hour I do not feel that the exciting journey of discovery comes to an end.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel of the Kavalan is pleasantly creamy and soft, wonderfully full-bodied and after a few seconds drier or slightly astringent. A decent tingling (freshly ground pepper / ginger) puts on the tongue tip. Sweet and spicy, the malt begins to work on all existing taste buds. Lots of dark berries, juicy oranges, raisins, dates and dark chocolate mingle with tart oak notes, a variety of spices, coffee and nuts. Even a few drops of water can barely tame the intensity of the heavy sherry notes. The cavalan is now a little more fruity and harmonious. Warming, with a light dryness and with a hint of bitterness, the way to the finish is paved.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy, still sherry without end and warming. A delicate residual sweetness briefly flashes before the focus shifts back to the dark fruits and tart wood notes. Dark berries, raisins, dates, dark chocolate, plenty of nuts and almonds, as well as spices, espresso and strong oak wood notes let the kavalan fade away very slowly. On the palate remains a slight dryness and delicate bitterness.

  2. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Glen Krid scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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,

  10. 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.


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