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Kavalan

Kavalan
Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Taiwan
Alcohol: 59.4%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$179.99

Kavalan
Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Taiwan
Alcohol: 59.4%
Amber color. Aromas of raisins, salted butterscotch, bay leaf, cheese and crackers, and chocolate lady fingers with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, stimulating, medium-long flan, orange caramel sauce, sea spray, and brandy soaked apricots finish. A zingy Taiwanese whiskey that brings heaps of dark flavors.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: raisins, salted butterscotch, bay leaf, cheese and crackers, and chocolate lady fingers
Taste Flavor: flan, orange caramel sauce, sea spray, and brandy soaked apricots
Smoothness Smoothness: Hot
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and with cigars
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zingy Taiwanese whiskey that brings heaps of dark flavors.

The Producer

Kavalan Distillery

The Producer
326, Section 2, Yuan-shan Road
Yuan-Shan, Yilan 26444
Taiwan
886 -39229000

Their Portfolio

93 Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Single Malt Whisky 80% (Taiwan) $99.99.
94 Kavalan Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky 92% (Taiwan) $149.99.
92 Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 59.4% (Taiwan) $179.99.
94 Kavalan Solist Pedro Ximénez Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 55.6% (Taiwan) $699.99.
93 Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $89.99.
89 Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $99.99.
93 Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $99.99.
92 Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $59.99.
93 Kavalan Distillery Select No.2 Single Malt Whisky 40% (Taiwan) $59.99.
94 Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $124.99.
93 Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $149.99.
93 Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $119.99.
97 Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.1% (Taiwan) $159.99.
98 Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 58.6% (Taiwan) $179.99.
96 Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.1% (Taiwan) $469.99.
97 Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 56.3% (Taiwan) $199.99.
93 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 55.6% (Taiwan) $69.99.
95 Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.1% (Taiwan) $69.99.
95 Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $299.99.
93 Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $599.99.
93 Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 58.6% (Taiwan) $599.99.
93 Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $699.99.
94 Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $599.99.
93 Kavalan Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $119.99.
91 Kavalan Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky 57.8% (Taiwan) $119.99.
BR Kavalan Gin 40% (Taiwan) $34.99. - Bronze Medal
89 King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky 46% (Taiwan) $119.99.
BR King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky 56.3% (Taiwan) $139.99. - Bronze Medal

Taiwanese Whisky

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Remarkably constructed in only 9 months in 2015, the Kavalan distillery is Taiwan's first whisky distillery. Despite their relative youth, the malt whiskies made at Kavalan are amazingly flavorful, complex, world-class spirits—modeled after Scottish single malts—that are a product of ingenuity, Scottish tradition and ingredients, and the unique tropical Taiwanese climate that accelerates the aging process.

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