Whisky Review: Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask R091211002A

Style: Fruity and Spicy Nose: 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. Palate: Spice arrow carries the juicy fruity core and shoots across the palate. Starting with clean orchard fruits, lightly stewed as we progress.…

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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…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask B100723021A

Style: Sweet and Spritely Nose: Delicate orange flower infused with a rich thread of mint candy. A rather tight and raw aroma which needs a bit of time to unlock. Once it opens up, malty, syrupy core, batter cupcake. A touch of acid pop, some coconut shreds. Sweet with an oily texture. Palate: On the…

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Whisky Review: Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique W121213065A (Bottled exclusively for Australia & New Zealand)

Style: Sweet and Spicy  Nose: Fragrant, fresh berries opening, followed by a firm layer of stewed tropical and citrus fruits, red grapes notes nicely laced within it. A rather refreshing tartness balances the aroma. Orange marmalade, floral jam spreading over creme brûlée, maraschino cherry garnished on top. Mellow grassy and copper tone at the back.…

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You’re Invited: An evening of Kavalans

We are very pleased to officially announce that on 18 May 2017, we will be cracking six rather special offerings from Kavalan distillery in Taiwan. The line up of the evening is as follows (The pours are ~20ml): Kavalan Cask S090306002 This is a bottling selected by “Brother Tiger”, a famed figure active at the Hong Kong…

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Dram Review: Kavalan Solist Manzanilla

[57.8%・NAS・Bottled Circa. 2015-2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: Melted vanilla ice cream on the nose with the rich, concentrated fruitiness from dried Filipino mango slices. The White oak note forms a bridge for the fruitiness to transition to a salty note. A direct and bold approach without unnecessary detours. Palate & Finish: A big and sturdy…

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Dram Review: Kavalan Solist Moscatel

[55.6%・NAS・Bottled Circa. 2015-2016・Official Bottling・Single Cask Release] The Kavalan Solist Moscatel is one of the four new Solist releases Australia is getting this year. Along with the fino, it’s a series dedicated to the horizontal juxtaposition of various sherry strains. The last time I have come across a project similar to this was the Tomatin cuatro series…

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