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Kavalan Distillery Taiwan Whisky from 200 euros and over

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique 2010

Review of a well-known single cask from Taiwan

Origin: Taiwan
Type: Taiwan Single Malt Whisky
Gradation: 40%ABV
Ageing casks: American Oak
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: King Car Group
Average price: € 230.00
Official website: www.kavalanwhisky.com
Vote: 86/100

Of the distilleries outside the Scotland/USA/Ireland/Japan quadrilateral, Kavalan is probably one of the best known, having gathered over the years a large swarm of enthusiasts around the world.
The range is quite wide and varied, and here I find myself with one of the best-loved bottlings, a series of single casks (as the name suggests) from various casks of origin.
The casks can be ex-Sherry (in all its varieties), Port, Bourbon, Brandy, Manzanilla and this one in ex Portuguese wine: all cask strenght and with different editions for each individual type.
This is a 2010 vintage (as is well known, ageing is not specified given the accelerated maturation due to the climate) that produced 208 bottles, from an American oak cask matured for at least 24 months with red and white wine, re-charred before pouring in the whisky to mature.

Tasting notes

On the nose, the strength of the alcohol is initially pungent and takes some time to stabilise, allowing deep wood spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon) to emerge over vinous evidence of red grapes, prunes, dates, sultanas, blueberries, sweet liquorice, marzipan and gingerbread. Sandalwood and tannins in abundance. Intense and dark.
It’s still the alcohol that comes forward at the first sip, the gradation is really important and it doesn’t fail to point it out! Great body with thick bitter veins, strong notes of spices and wood emerge on berries, blood orange, fondant, liquorice. Rough and very dry, with leather and wood as leitmotif with a lively vinosity.
The finish isn’t very long and dry, warm, of spices, wood, red fruits, liquorice, chocolate.

A whisky that is by no means easy to approach, muscular and warm, leaving little room for compromise between the high alcohol content and the strong impact of the wood. To be appreciated precisely because of its marked personality, but devoid of subtlety and unrelenting.

Reviews of Kavalan whisky in the blog:
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