Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength
Kavalan // Taiwan
Released to the US in April 2017, this single malt release from Kavalan is aged entirely in a former port cask. The Solist series whiskies are all single cask releases which are bottled at cask-strength. As a result, the ABV will vary, but expect it to range from 55-60%.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Nose starts surprisingly with honeysuckle, before moving to candied fruits, citrus zest, and dark brown sugar. The mouthfeel is syrupy, with bitter dark chocolate, red fruits and berries, nuttiness, molasses, and maple syrup drenched brioche. The cask strength shows with heat on a supremely lengthy but resoundingly smooth finish, with hints of leather and shoe polish mingling with oak, nuts, candied orange peel, and citrus oils. Add water, and more rich chocolate and sweetness emerges, followed by touches of raspberry and spice. "