This review will look into the Kavalan Solist Sherry cask which is the first from the Solist range I purchased back in 2014. The Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask is a single cask, cask strength non chill filtered and natural colour. The Kavalan Solist Sherry was released in 2011 and is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks for its full maturation. It’s bottled at an abv of 57.8% and in appearance is very dark and looks like a deep rich mahogany colour. Since its release it’s been picking up many Gold awards and taking the world of sherried whiskies by storm. So far to say that I consider it one of the most powerful sherry bomb whiskies produced.
As for the age of this whisky it’s considered as a NAS (Non Age Statement) but as we know how to read the code on the front from the cask number and date on the back it dates this bottle being exactly 6 years old and 14 days. So also I wanted to mention about climate and how in Taiwan the climate is different of that of other countries where the heat is much more then compared to Scotland and the effects it has on the whisky during the maturation. If you’re new to Taiwan’s climate which has an average temperature of 23 degrees up to 38 degrees Celsius whiskies in Taiwan mature 3-5 times faster than Scotland meaning a whisky matured for 6 years matches an 18-30yr Scotch.
How to Read the bottle code:
Each code on every bottle differs, the one on my bottle is as follows: S100122010A
Now to break to code down is rather simple into the type of cask used, then the years, months, day & barrel number on the day.
S | 10 | 01 | 22 | 010 | A
Sherry Cask | Year | Month | Day | Barrel on the Day | A
Colour: Deep Rich Mahogany
Nose: Mouthwatering from the nose, powerful and very rich, 90% dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, sticky dates, figs, prunes, fudge. Further nosing brings out the spices: a sweet spice of cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, dried fruits soaked in thick sherry, dark forest cherries and slight vanilla.
Palate: Instantly feel the presents of the abv, heat from spices ginger and cinnamon. Get the richness of the fruits soaked in their own juices and feels like biting into them like a Christmas cake, the texture thickens further the longer you leave it on the palate. Rich oaky character.
Finish: Very long rich succulent juicy sweet oakiness, all the dried fruits are still evident with spice, it still maintains the woody notes.
AGE: 6 year & 14 days
CASKS: Sherry Cask
DISTILLERY: Kavalan Distillery
COMPANY: King Car Group
REGION/ORIGIN: Yilan County, Taiwan
EXCLUSIVE: Yes + No (Different Batches)
Comments: In my opinion the Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask is an incredibly rich sherried whisky, to begin with the nose offering so much character from the dark chocolate to the stewed fruits and spices. Then moving into the palate which is like letting the taste buds go on a flavour roller coaster which really just leaves me describing it as the pure definition of a ‘Sherry Bomb’ whisky. Even after retrying this dram multiple times its mass complexity reminds you of the first running in with it and is something I would totally recommend to enjoy and savour. To whether I would add any water to this dram the answer would be drink it how it suits you best as for me the silky mouth coating feel is removed with water so personally I would avoid. In terms of the money aspect its priced around £120 and personally this whisky for me seems totally worth every penny as it ticks all the boxes from aroma, palate, texture, finish and consistency especially if you like massively sherried whiskies then this is one not to miss. I you get a chance check out my YouTube review video here and let me know your thoughts on the Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask.