Kavalan has a lot of fans of their very big style of whisky, taking as much from the casks as they possibly can.
Am I huge fan? Probably not. I am a big fan of balance in a whisky. When you’re messing with big flavours it doesn’t always do wonders for the balance, which tends to be why I am not a big fan of Bourbon.
Kavalan Sherry Cask 46%
Nose: Brandy. Not a Brandy-like note, this actually smells exactly like a Brandy. Armangac, artificial raisin, red grape, chocolate powder.
Taste: Dry, astringent, quite acidic and bitter, red grape, bitter charcoal, weird Brandy.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Weird, rubber, bitter.
Not a good whisky, although not a terrible Brandy! This is example of getting a bit too much from the casks, completely eradicating any whisky flavour.
Average Score: 72
Distillery Ranking: 40th/ 60 places
Up/Down: 32>40 (Down 8)
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Whisky Network Review #747
Network Average: 74.9
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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