Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask - 2015 WWA Best Single Malt

The top single malt winner at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, revealed last week, is Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique from the King Car Distillery in Taiwan. I picked up one of the only two I could find here in Tokyo and tasted it last night at the bar.

Facts:
  • Cask: Single cask - W090220052, bottle number 167 of 198. Cask had held both red and white wine before being re-toasted.
  • Alcohol: 58% abv, cask strength
  • Non chill-filtered, natural color
  • Price paid: ~$200 US

Tasting Notes

Appearance:
Caramel, golden brown

Nose:
Chocolate, toffee, raisins, vanilla, bourbon, fruitcake, as advertised - stewed fruits is right, malty, maple doughnut, honey
  
Palate:
Instant impact numbing the tongue
Sweet, spicy, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, raisins, pepper, fire
  
Finish:
Long
Fire gives way to comfortable warming, dried fruits and chocolate ever-present, black coffee, vanilla, hazelnut

Conclusion:

Consistent from nose to finish, very tasty, big, bold, Worth a try if you can get it for under $200 US.

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