GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 24

With only one day to go until Christmas, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, we to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For our last day of the GSN 2017 Advent Gift Guide, we’re focusing on the 18 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A+ or higher (97-100) during 2017.

    1. C3 Carciofo Artichoke Liqueur
    2. Cannon Beach Distillery Il Keyote Agave Spirit
    3. Frey Ranch Barrel Finished Gin No. 1
    4. Glenmorangie Bacalta
    5. Highland Park Fire Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    6. High Wheeler 21 Year Old Single Grain
    7. Kanon Organic Vodka
    8. Kavalan Amontillado Single Cask Whisky
    9. Kavalan Manzanilla Single Cask Whisky
    10. Little Book “The Easy” Whiskey
    11. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello Reserve
    12. Old Potrero Hotaling’s 11 Year Old Whiskey
    13. Parker’s Heritage Collection 11-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    14. Purus Organic Vodka
    15. Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Single Malt Whiskey
    16. Union Horse Reunion Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey
    17. Virginia Distillery Co. Port Finished Virginia Highland Malt
    18. Whistlepig Farmstock Rye Whiskey

GSN Review: Kavalan Amontillado Single Cask Whisky

Remarkably constructed in only 9 months in 2015, the Kavalan distillery is Taiwan’s first whisky distillery. Despite their relative youth, the malt whiskies made at Kavalan are amazingly flavorful, complex, world-class spirits—modeled after Scottish single malts—that are a product of ingenuity, Scottish tradition and ingredients, and the unique tropical Taiwanese climate that accelerates the aging process.

“Kavalan has been exploring with the interaction of climate and barrel influence since its inception. This new range offers a unique side-by-side comparison of how sherry and port casks expand upon the broad spectrum of flavor profiles already found in Kavalan’s whiskies,” says Dennis Carr, president and CEO of Kavalan’s U.S. importer, Anchor Distilling Company. “In our ongoing mission to educate spirits connoisseurs, Anchor looks forward to bringing these whiskies to the U.S. market.”

Single cask, hand bottled at cask strength. Amontillado is a dry sherry, darker than Fino but lighter than Oloroso, matured with a cap of flor and further oxidized through contact with open air. Toasted almond and hazelnut are the classic aromas of Amontillado casks.

Kavalan Amontillado Single Cask Whisky (111.2 proof)
Visual: Orange-brown.
Nose: Sherry top notes, light, sweet and well-balanced with the malt. Almost nutty, and with some fruitcake character.
Taste: A softly sweet sherry essence permeates the rich and velvety single malt base. Not leaning too much in the dessert camp, this is a whisky that can be enjoyed easily before or after a meal.
Finish: Medium long with the malt giving a slow fade while the brighter sherry notes cling to a long and fine finish.
Overall: I particularly enjoy the mouthfeel of the cask strength bottling. Because of the perfect balance, you will only need to add one small cube of ice or a small splash of branch water to open this up without a loss of integrity.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Kavalan Whisky