Dram Review: Kavalan Sherry Cask Selected by and Bottled for The Nectar S100203018A

[57.8%・NAS・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release of 518 Bottles]

Nose:

An overt sense of heavy and relentless darkness.  Chocolate mud cake and marzipan dusted with a generous brush of almond sugar.  Poached fruits absolutely drenched in toffee treacle that is slightly burnt, the syrupy nature engulfing hints of black tea, ginger, leather and black shoe polish.

Palate & Finish:

The palate is taken over by prunes and brown sugar syrup with a huge oomph of spices humming then exploding, blasting out a path for rich toffee and milk chocolate to come in.  The acidity from the poached fruits somewhat spikes after the initial spices.  Soaked orange slices with a proper cinnamon bite and raisins rushing in on the mid-palate.

The finishing is rather dry.  Dark chocolate and espresso.

Thoughts:

Pretty much a dram for those who want to be thrilled by a Sherry bomb blasting all their senses away.

It’s all very dramatic but somehow it does feel like the concentrated heaviness is a bit forced and manufactured.

Nicholas