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Kavalan Sherry Oak | 57.0% | Taiwan
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Meet #67   |   18/09/15   |   Hosted by Phil
Our first SSWC Walking Tour around the closed and remnant distilleries of Edinburgh. And why can't a walking tour of Edinburgh also shoe-horn in a cheeky Kavalan tasting outside the Taiwanese Embassy?
Other bottles sampled:
#139 SMWS G3.8 | SSWC review 67a
#140 North British 6yo | SSWC review 67b
#142 Amrut Peated CS | SSWC review 67d
We didn't do noses as such, just got lost in the whole experience of what was a very intense, but slightly divisive, dram.
Rubbery. Really, really rubbery. "Stop saying rubbery!". Someone thought it was rubbery in the ____ ______ sense, but they were interupted by a loud "RUBBERY!". Ohhh, iiit's a-rubbery! You can feel it squeaking around the inside of your mouth, it's that rubbery... yeah, well rubbery. Not unlike a Springbank Gorda cask. OH MY GOD FUCK! "I really like it... yeah, I think it's great." - "I like it too.. awesome! nice." Incredibly extreme.. very rich, with intense flavours in place of subtlety. Like it's been infused... a reduction. Crazy good! "You'd never guess this was 4 years old.." It's like the Robinson's of whisky (not Hi-Juice, a double shot of Robinson's). Double A'bunadh. It's just a bit mad - it's basically like being punched in the face with a sherry cask. Water opens it up a little bit - but one said it tastes like a "rubbery frown". "Has that sort of toast aspect to it somehow". Burnt rubber like at a drag race (with drag artists in the cars). "I don't know what it is, but it just makes me think of a big clown face with a big red nose!":

And at the end of that piece of audio madness, the general conclusion was, "Ronald McDonald". Oh, and most said they couldn't drink this all night.

  Meet 67   |   Apparently, we thought this was rubbery.   (4 photos)
Finish & Comments
Metally on the finish, rubbery and metally. Is it just sherry? Like the after-effect of licking your computer. Honey at the end, not at first though.
~£28 (20cl)
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We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.

82 / 100

Average score

Detailed scores (out of 10)
Ali: 8.2
David: 7
Lundy: 4.5
Marina: 6.5
Martin: 8.5
Phil: 7.5
Shelley: 7.2
Will: 6.2
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.


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