Whisky Review: Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask R091211002A

Style: Fruity and Spicy


Charming, cheerful fruits dipped into malt syrup. Green pears hitting the high notes, white pepper dusting down. Copper, a dash of apple vinegar, finish with dry spices.


Spice arrow carries the juicy fruity core and shoots across the palate. Starting with clean orchard fruits, lightly stewed as we progress. Sherry signatures on a more prominent display which the nose revealed very little, peaty sherry cask maybe? Toasted barley sugar, copper tune piping in again, vanilla marshmallows. Soft tannins wandering and finishes with a faint hint of coal-fired peat.


Subdued red fruits whispering, brittle barley shatters. Delicious finish with texture.


Spicy, but a beautiful piece from Kavalan. I heard it is an ex-Islay cask, and it feels like a refill sherry cask to me. Very limited amount of peat can be felt here, but the delivery of fruits is exceptionally fragrant, refined and delicious. A young malt no doubt, but it is showing qualities beyond its age.

 ☆ [Recommended]

[52.4%・Original Bottling ・Single Cask・Cask Strength・Non Coloured・Non Chill Filtered・286 of 311 Bottles・No Age Statement・Cask Number: R081211002A]