Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Single Cask Strength

Single Malt

Kavalan // Taiwan

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  1. dhsilv2

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    What can I say, I've become a bit hooked/obsessed with Kavalan and I finally broke down and made the less than smart financial decisions to pick this up for 417 bucks (ouch). Nose - At first I'm mostly getting vanilla over a fruity all be it on descriptive malt and a good bit of alcohol. I added water and to be honest it's not really opening up much. Time seems to be the magic on the nose. It's now fruity, very clearly a distinct sherry note with some vanilla. Taste - I'm not an expert on tehse manzanilla casks, I've really only had a few bottles with some maturation, that I'm aware of, with them. They are sweeter than Oloroso but they aren't the same kind of sweetness of a PX. The taste is sweet with some spice. I'm not getting a distinct sherry like note, just a general sweeter whisky with a lot of fruity elements but I'm not able to really drill in. Added water and I'm still struggling with this one. There's berries up front, then it moves into some spices. There's something here muting the whisky, it's like the sherry wants to explode into this sweet candy note and then there's a bready oaky element coming in and bringing the sweetness down, bringing in some spice, and then leaving it with a long, but bitter finish. I think the problem with this one is that I came in really hoping for a dessert dram and that isn't this at all. The sweetness is a bit muted, the barrels are giving off some oak, the natural malts are much more hearty than perhaps I realized, and while the cask finishing really does shine (this is a sherry bomb for sure) the other elements here are far more in play than I'd expected and really than I'd noticed on some other pours from this series. I'm going 4 stars here but I'm debating 3.75. This is great whisky but it's not truly special. Still the cask strength, single barrel, sherry bomb qualities are working very well for me here. Will re-review - but this is going higher up, it's opened up a lot in the bottle. Likely a 4.5 but maybe 4.25.
    417.0 USD per Bottle
  2. worldwhiskies95

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Cask MA100721003A. Aged 5 Years 9 months. Amazing stuff with notes of honey, floral notes, vanilla, salt, caramel, toffee, white chocolate, hazelnuts, passion fruit, milk chocolate, raisins, sultanas, blueberries, pepper, cloves, and cherries.
    Oceans New York
  3. Djmeen

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    This was a unicorn for me. A unicorn that I finally got a hold of thanks to a buddy traveling through Taiwan (thanks John). So first off - since he bought it in Taiwan, the price point was less than half the price of the same bottle in the US (theoretical price as I couldn’t find it anywhere). That means I’m rating it at the price of acquisition as well. If I had to pay full US price I’d have to ding it a little. Given that - this thing is so damn fun. The nose on this thing is an explosion of sexy smells. Sweet and lush. And the taste? Depth of flavor like the Mariana Trench and a taste that lingers in your mouth like a catchy song sticks in your head. Add a drop of water to take a bit of the heat away - this thing is as strong as Popeye after spinach at over 58% abv - and you’ll find yourself in for a really treat. Zoinks! I’m hooked. Sweet (but not too sweet) and viscous - this thing is awesome. I plan on sipping this and savoring this for as long as possible! Song that I associate with the Kavalan Solist Manzanilla? Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
  4. kbyip

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  5. MayhemInMayberry

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Kavalan Whiskey Distillery
  6. galaxyhero

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  7. Joe-Kelley

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  8. MayhemInMayberry

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lovely nose, fruity bright with a high proof nip. Arrival is huge, toffee, vanilla and brine. Finish lingered sweet and left some tingle from the high proof. 400NT lets you try 4 Malts in their welcome center. That’s $12 to try four $200 plus bottles, pretty good value
  9. Daniel-Tahara

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Salted cucumber. Mouth coating Sherry with some peppery lemongrass
  10. zept0sec

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
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