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Kavalan

Kavalan
Solist Pedro Ximénez Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Taiwan
Alcohol: 55.6%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$699.99

Kavalan
Solist Pedro Ximénez Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Category: Taiwanese Whisky

Date Tasted:
Country: Taiwan
Alcohol: 55.6%
Bright mahogany color. Aromas of molasses, almond biscotti, leather, olives, tamari, toasted coconut, and red bean confection with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long chocolate truffle, cloud berry, star anise, carob, raisins, and dried figs finish. A chewy, sherry-influenced tropical whiskey that will be very attractive to rum drinkers.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich
Aroma Aroma: molasses, almond biscotti, leather, olives, tamari, toasted coconut, and red bean confection
Taste Flavor: chocolate truffle, cloud berry, star anise, carob, raisins, and dried figs
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: with drops of water, neat, on the rocks and in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Paper Plane, Whiskey Smash
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy, sherry-influenced tropical whiskey that will be very attractive to rum drinkers.

The Producer

Kavalan Distillery

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

Their Portfolio

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
BR Kavalan Sweet Coffee Liqueur 19% (Taiwan) $38.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Kavalan Sweet Cream Liqueur 17% (Taiwan) $47.00.
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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