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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask review Cask: S100201005A Bottle: 026/515
One of my whisky savvy Chinese friends from Nanjing bought me a bottle of this and gave it to me the day before my wedding. I hadn't seen him in a year, and the first thing he says to me is "Hello Josh, I brought you whisky!" The best hello anyone could ask for. That evening the women started talking about things and stuff so we commenced to drinking the Kavalan...and the women kept talking...So we kept drinking. By the time they had shut up, half the bottle was gone. But we had a nice long whisky discussion about the distribution and prices of whisky in Asia among other things. Now it's a few days later and I'm taking the time to sit down with it. This bottle will be my third experience with solist Sherry and 5th with Kavalan I believe; all in Asia.
This is one of the darkest whiskies I've had.
Nose: Rich, dark sweet fruits. Juicy fruit gum. Plum, ripe leche fruit, sweet orange candies. Blackberries, blueberries, grapes. But with extra sugar and richness. More like fruit syrup.
Palate: Liquid juicy fruit bubble gum. But with a big alcohol kick. Thick and chewy. Definitely one of the bigger kicks I've had from a whisky. Which I wasn't expecting from all that fruity sweetness earlier. Maybe because it's aged for less time at a faster pace? You know that overly sweet toothpaste you get at the dentist? Getting some of that too. Very interesting to say the least. I think this would benefit from a splash of water. Big fruit, lots of sugar, lots of alcohol.
Finish: More juicy fruit bubble gum. Fruit candies.
Overall: Big fruit, big alcohol, rich and thick. Thank you Tan, I will enjoy every drop, but I wouldn't spend over $150 on it. Thankfully it's cheaper here near the source. And you can crucify me for saying this, but I enjoyed this more out of a rocks glass then my snifter when neat. Perhaps it speads the fumes out and made it less of a kick in the face. Who knows. Good stuff Kavalan. Nice oomph.