Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask, 58.6%, cask S060710004

While I should technically do another two whisky reviews before getting to this one, as this one was the last whisky of the evening, I decided to skip them as those two bottles were the Bowmore Tempest Batch 3, and the Benromach 1oyo 100 Proof. I have already reviewed those and to do them all over again doesn’t really make sense.

Anyway, we decided to do a Kavalan as the final dram since we were pretty sure not many people would have had this before. Even I have only tried three of them before. Of course, with all those single cask numbers I’m not sure if I had this one before.

Also, the distillery from Taiwan won the last Malt Maniacs Awards and therefore I thought it a good idea to get in on the action. Obviously that was a different cask that sold out in a second after the announcement.

Kavalan Solist Sherry cask. Image from Whiskybase

Kavalan Solist Sherry cask. Image from Whiskybase

There is a LOT of sherry, almost too much of it. Lots dry notes with a huge oakiness. European oak if my guess is correct. Some red fruits with balsamic vinegar, some plums, dates. Spiced cake too, the Dutch ‘kruidkoek’ kind. The sherry in this one is very old fashioned, very 1960s or 1970s.

The palate is less dry than I expected at first. Some tannins after that with loads of fruit and oak. It does get drier as you let it swim for a few seconds. Then the chili pepper hits massively.

The finish shows more fruit and less spices. The red fruits are back with forest fruits mostly. Dry and not extremely long.

This is quite a lovely dram, but it’s not what I expected. I think the single casks are not hugely consistent, as is usual with single casks of course. I don’t think this one would have won the award if the other cask had not been sent in.

The fruit with slight spiciness behind it is quite lovely and feels very old fashioned, which is good. But then again, there is not a lot of depth or complexity in it. Still, a lovely dram, but not one I’d easily shell out € 125 for again.

As with the Taketsuru 21, the price has already gone up and has been spotted for € 160 already. But anyway, it’s sold out.

Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask, 58.6%, cask S060710004, released in 2012.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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