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Located in Yuanshan, in the western part of Yilan county, Kavalan has in a short period of time etched its presence as a trailblazer amongst boutique world whisky producers. The distillery, named after indigenous natives who originally inhabited the Kavalan Plains, produced its first spirit in March 2006 and released its first bottling in December 2008.
The secret of Kavalan’s outstanding quality lies perhaps in their wood management. They have the best in their business choose high quality bourbon, sherry and wine casks to rest their spirits in; it is said that about 80% of a whiskey’s character comes from the wood and Kavalan whiskies are proof of this.
The distillery has since been named by Whisky Magazine as the World Icons of Whisky and it won the 'Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year' for 2011. In 2012, Kavalan’s Solist Fino Sherry Cask malt whiskey was named 'New whisky of the year' by Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible and In 2015, Kavalan's Vinho Barrique expression was named the 'World's best single malt whisky' by World Whiskies Awards.
The Kavalan distillery attracts over a million visitors every year.
57.7% Abv -700ml
Matured in top quality Oloroso sherry casks in special editions, Kavalan Solist Sherry is a single cask expression bottled by hand at the distillery, without any colouring or chill-filtration. This is a naturally smooth and rich whisky with a complex character.
Tasting Notes: The nose is clean and complex with multiple layers of dried fruit, nuttiness and spices with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it as well. It has a rich, oily and full palate with pleasant dried fruit and spices that linger on in the mouth with a hint of fine coffee.
46% Abv - 700ml
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak is the Solist Ex-Bourbon expression, reduced down to 46% alcohol by volume with Kavalan spring water. Matured in oak barrels that previously held bourbon, it is incredibly smooth with soft sweetness.
Tasting Notes: The nose invites you into the clean and fresh tropical fruitiness with pleasant vanilla, coconut and spices. The palate is a surprise with oak spice and semi-dry tropical fruit, and the hint of vanilla and coconut coming from the American oak. This well-balanced natural sweetness has a silky smoothness. And what a finish- dark chocolate, banana and spice.
46% Abv - 700ml
Kavalan Sherry Oak is the award winning Sherry Solist reduced to 46% alcohol volume with Kavalan spring water. This is a perfect introduction to the outstanding new world whisky. By bringing it to the perfect ABV, and matured in sherry barrels with spicy and elegant notes, it has retained all of the essential olfactory and gustatory characteristics of the sherry version from the Solist range.
Tasting Notes: This rich and complex whisky opens onto notes of dried fruit and walnut with some marzipan and vanilla touches to it. The palate is smooth, with rancio red fruits (raspberry, red currant), spices (star anise, cardamom, curry) and floral (honeysuckle and lime blossom). Bitter, dark chocolate and sweet red fruits giving a medium to long finish.