Kavalan is a growing name in world whiskey, and one that I was initially encountered in 2016. They are a Taiwanese distillery, founded in 2005, doing their own take on single malt whiskey, offering a broad range of bourbon, sherry, cognac, moscatel, port, other wine-matured whiskeys. I’ve previously had some great experiences with their cask strength bourbon-aged whiskey, although it’s no guarantee that everything they make will be great. This time around, I’m reviewing The Whisky World’s selection of Kavalan Sherry Single Cask Whiskey, from cask S081223027 (meaning it was barreled in 2008) and bottled on 8/6/2019, making this over 10 years old.
Taiwan is certainly an interesting place to make whiskey given its location near the equator. In general, it’s intensely hot and humid for over half the year, creating an environment for the oak and whiskey to interact that’s different than it is in Scotland or even Japan. The more hot and humid climate also accelerates the aging process, allowing Kavalan to release younger whiskeys. This plays into Kavalan’s favor given how relatively young the distillery is. Most of the Kavalan Single Casks I’ve seen are in the 5-8 year range, making this 10 year old Kavalan Sherry Single Cask Whiskey unique. Let’s see what this Taiwanese whiskey has to offer in this The Whisky World Kavalan Sherry Single Cask Whiskey review.