Single Cask Whisky At Its Finest
This remarkable release was bottled from a cask destined for Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique range and hand selected at the Kavalan distillery by dekantā Director Makiyo Masa and Asian spirits specialist George Koutsakis, alongside Kavalan master blender Ian Chang. Distilled in 2013, ‘One’ Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask was selected for its exceptional quality which showcases the best of Asian whisky production. It is bottled at cask strength (57.1%) allowing you to experience a whisky that offers bold flavors that are free from dilution.
Beautiful, Complex Whisky
Vinho is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been toasted and recharred in a way that brings out fruity vanilla notes from the whisky and wood overlaid on a delicate background of complex fruitiness. The casks are carefully shaved inside then gently toasted. This converts wine residues into a complex mixture of fruit flavours including sweet prune and berries. After toasting, the casks are charred for a short period of time to release flavours, such as dark chocolate and caramelised sugars. The result is a more complex whisky than is possible with casks alone.
Pushing The Boundaries
Kavalan has an on-site cask reconditioning facility that has pioneered a practice called STR. The abbreviation represents their proprietary process of Shaving, Toasting and Re-charring casks that were previously used in the American wine or whisky industry. STR frees organic compounds from the cask to interact with the whisky, resulting in interesting flavors that push the boundaries of what traditional distillers thought possible.
Winning Awards Around The Globe
The Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique is known far and wide, especially since 2015 when it was named the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards. Celebrated for its predominant berry, plum and caramelised sugar notes, the range continues to receive awards at international competitions including a Gold medal score of 91 out of 100 at the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition.
Kavalan Single Malt Whisky
When Kavalan was established in 2005, it was the first distillery on the island of Taiwan. Based in Yilan County, south of the Taiwan capital, Taipei, Kavalan benefits from the pure water, fresh air and subtropical climate of the region, making it an ideal place for whisky production. High humidity and an annual average temperature of a balmy 22º celsius (72º fahrenheit) accelerate the maturation process of Taiwanese whiskies, resulting in a fruity, rich spirit that is old before its time. While still a young distillery, Kavalan has quickly gained international recognition for their drive to create innovative expressions that allow whisky to be experienced in new and unexpected ways.
Limited Release. Available Now.
With only 195 bottles available, this is a highly limited release. Being the introductory expression from the highly anticipated dekantā Oriental collection, the bottle is expected to sell out quickly.
The nose is powerful, bringing tropical fruits, thick syrup, and a touch of vanilla to the forefront. The fruit notes intensify after several minutes.
The first sip showcases the sweetness from the nose, and pairs it with brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, and some cocoa. The fruits comes through again with sweet mango, melon, pineapple, and some kiwi. A touch of water releases more fruits.
The fruits lead the long, rich finish, especially the melon and mango, as some warm spice and sugary syrup linger in the background.