Taking the same liquid that was bottled at cask strength for the 'Solist' line and proofing it down to 46% really helps this whisky open up and show a little deeper complexity without all the alcohol. Red fruits and an unmistakable Oloroso sherry aroma tantalize the senses. A rich, soft-sweetness up front that complements the fruity, earthy, tobacco and cocoa-laden flavors on the palate. The dry finish brings the nutty, Oloroso note back to round it all out. A classic in the making and a must-have, in our book!
Founded in 2005 by the King Car Group, Kavalan is the first and only whisky distillery in Taiwan. Named for the earliest tribe that inhabited the land around the distillery, Kavalan has a passionate commitment to creating premium whisky. Currently they have the capacity to produce roughly 1.2 million liters of spirits per year using their 12,000 liter wash still (used for the first distillation) and their 7,000 liter spirits still (for final distillation). While they mainly age their whisky in first-fill bourbon barrels, they have also find success with aging in sherry butts and hogsheads, port barriques, and former wine casks. Due to the local climate, the whisky matures rapidly and, as a result they have been able to offer an impressive range of spirits in their short tenure.