This is a limited edition that was released by Kavalan especially for the Taiwanese WhiskyClub.co, presided by my good friend Joseph Wang. I have him to thank for the bottle. It got a very special label and is dubbed ‘Vina’, which is the goddess of vineyards. Must have been one sexy lady, judging by the back label. Furthermore, it is only the third Vinho Barrique from this Taiwanese distiller that I try. The last two were very far apart in terms of quality. The nose starts a bit closed, but it does not need long to open up. Candied, dark fruit like kumquat, mango, dates, papaya and green banana. Becomes a tad candy-like, even. Hints of oriental incense. Or is that my imagination? The influence of the wine is very much under control. This is a very pleasant nose. The arrival is soft, but then an explosion of red fruit ensues. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, upholstered with grapefruit and oranges. The spices enter the fray and make it feisty but never biting. Cherries evolve towards cherry liqueur. Hint of coconut, I kid you not. Midpalate, citrus takes the lead. At no point does this one threaten to become winey or sour. Wonderfully sweet with a feisty edge. Oh, it lingers forever on the finish. Very long and sweet. Delicious. How good of Joseph and his team to get hold of this great single cask. Thanks, Joseph, you weren’t kidding when you said this one was outstanding. I concur!