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Kavalan has bottled quite a few single sherry casks, all at natural color (and mine is quite dark). This cask yielded 546 bottles at a whopping 57,8%. I will keep my water close at hand.
OMG! Deep sherry like you will only find it in Scotch at high age. Think Glenfarclas 40 Year Old! Dades, figs, raisin on rum, fresh plums and mirabelles, hints of rhubarb and coffee, milk chocolate. Walnuts. A drop of balasamico. Turkish delight. Eucalyptus. Adding water brings out a beautiful meaty edge. It has something fresh and fruity, but at the same time displays a maturity that belies the young age. Like I said: OMG!
It is creamy and round, peppery and sweet at the same time. Red wine, berry marmalade, dark chocolate with raisins. A slight bitterness as if from grapefruit with cloves and cinnamon. This is devine stuff It does not really need water, but if you do add it, it loses none of the taste, merely a little punch.
The finish lasts forever and remains fruity and spicy, even diluted.
This is the best Kavalan I have tried so far. One to sip very slowly! A grand whisky that could easily hold its own in a line up with older Glenfarclas or GlenDronach. Getting hold of a bottle may prove quite a challenge, though.