A Rare Discount and a Limited-Production Single Cask Expression
Kavalan “Solist” Sherry Cask #S081223016A Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (Elsewhere $210) ($159.99)
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Having earned World Whisky of the Year and World’s Best Single Malt Whisky honors, Kavalan has quickly taken its place in the pantheon of the world’s top whiskies. When a spirit reaches such an esteemed status, you don’t expect discounted pricing, but that’s precisely what we have in this rare “Solist” release. Regularly priced at $210, we are offering this “Sherry Cask” exclusive for only $159.99. This is the kind of price that will have collectors taking immediate notice. As we’ve come to expect, this release is big and powerful, while also offering Kavalan’s trademark understated complexity. Elite, collectible whiskies of this caliber always come at a significant premium, so finding this one for just $160 is a rare treat, and one that is not going to last for long. If you are a long-time fan of Kavalan (as we are), then this is a bottling you won’t want to miss. As for those who might be new Kavalan or Taiwanese whisky as a whole, you won’t find a better introduction. As with previous Kavalan offers, we expect this to sell out in a flash, so this is not one to sleep on.
Kavalan “Solist” Sherry Cask #S081223016A Cask Strength Single Barrel Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Elsewhere $210) ($159.99) —This product is expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by July 29, 2020.
Another cask of Kavalan lost in a warehouse only to be uncovered nearly five years after it was bottled. Last time we found a Solist sherry from years ago sitting in the importer’s warehouse it sold out in no time at the regular price of $210. Now, it’s a new world and a new price. We don’t expect future offerings to be discounted and had we had the chance to purchase this at full price, we certainly would have. For whatever reason, we’re now able to sell this cask for a significant discount. A little gift from the booze fairy. As with all Kavalan sherry, this whisky is a bruiser, with a big powerful nose of dark molasses, cherry compote and cured meat. The palate is surprisingly soft and unusually open, but there’s still plenty of richness and power even though it doesn’t have the tannic grip of some other barrels. The heat is also not as present as some other barrels we’ve had. Bold, rich and round, it’s no wonder Kavalan has become one of the world’s leading distillers of single malt. Their prowess is on full display here. Only 234 bottles available. **DISCLAIMER: As with all “Solist” line Kavalan bottlings for the US market, the labels do not contain the word “Solist,” due to trademark reasons.