The wonderful chaps at The Dram Team had included this in one of their delightful boxes. If you like me enjoy having a treat delivered straight to your door then I heartily recommend you give them a try.
This sample I’m about to review is the Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask – 57.8% vol.
This is a distillery I know nothing about so I’ll add a little info from their website…
“Established in 2005, Kavalan is Taiwan’s first whiskymaker and the nation’s only family-owned whisky distillery. Kavalan takes the old name of Yilan county where the distillery is located in northeastern Taiwan. The pure water and fresh air make this part of the subtropical island the ideal environment for the production of whisky.
Kavalan Distillery is an entrepreneur’s dream come true. Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee, the founder of King Car conglomerate had long dreamed of producing a Taiwanese whisky, yet it was not until 2002 when Taiwan joined the WTO that his goal could be achieved.
The distillery brings together a professional whisky R&D team with a world-class master blender, Ian Chang, as well as the expertise of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan.
The team implements the highly specialized distilling and blending skills that King Car Group has cultivated for more than 30 years through beverage experience and knowledge”.
So. To the sample.
Full of dark succulent richness. That incredible burst of demerara sugar coupled with delightful rich fruits. Dates & warm leather. A slice of delicious fruit cake. There feels like there’s a bit of age to this. The colour is magnificent, natural and as it’s left to open there’s milk chocolate and a hint of creaminess with the sherry. They’re all jostling for your attention and beckoning you to sip.
This whisky is cask strength (which is what I love) and it was matured in Oloroso Sherry casks.
The palate delivers a gentle warmth and a fullness on the mouth. It’s smooth and the fruit and vanilla mingle with a slight peppery spicy warmth whilst there’s a hint of coffee bitterness too. The finish leaves you savouring the aforementioned flavours.
I’m glad I’ve finally tried this.