Kavalan NAS Solist ex-Sherry (58.5%,OB, C#So60703013, 592 Bts., B’ 15/09/2009) – Taiwanese Whisky Tasting Note

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Part II of “No Age Statement Week”

Kavalan NAS Solist ex-Sherry (58.5%,OB, C#So60703013, 592 Bts., B’ 15/0/2009)

From the newest distillery on Taiwan The King Car I-Lan Distillery (The King Car Food Industrial Company Ltd). A single cask bottling. Taiwan has a very high average temperature so the maturation and evaporation rates are similar to what Amrut experiences.

The color is very dark with red highlights. The nose is mildly sour and very rich, sour plums and a hint of NutraSweet (artificial sweetener, aspartame) and the obligatory Christmas cake however this is some what muted behind the other two descriptors. With the addition of a little water it drops off the edge of a cliff leaving behind the NutraSweet. The taste on the undiluted sample is quite gentle for 58.5% but it does grow, the Christmas cake is still very present along with some slight hints of marmite. Definitely more one dimensional when compared to the ex-bourbon cask which is significantly more complex. The diluted sample is creamy and very, very sherried and hold together very, very and is really very good. The finish is VERY long, very dry with loads of oak spice, some malt, fruit, Christmas cake but quite dry. Later moments of diesel. Excellent!

Nose this sample neat and drink with a few drops of water (but not too much) and it you love sherried whiskies this is for you. Very much like Aberlour a’bunadh in some regards.

C$125

Score 88 points

Many thanks to Thomas C for arranging for this sample. Visit Kavalan Distillery at www.kavalanwhisky.com

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