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 Manzanilla Single Cask Whisky

As Kavalan Single Malt Whisky continues to reach new heights, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016 and making plans to expand its distilling capacity by breaking ground on a second distillery, the award-winning distillery located in Taiwan’s Yilan County now introduces a range of whiskies that explore the array of sherry styles plus port and their impact on maturation in Taiwan’s sub-tropical climate. Already winning awards internationally, Kavalan’s new Amontillado, Manzanilla, Moscatel, PX and Port matured single malts will arrive on shelf in the U.S. beginning this April 2017.

Single cask, hand bottled at cask strength. Manzanilla is lighter and more delicate in texture than Fino Sherry, although matured in the same method with a heavy cap of flor. Manzanilla Sherry is aged in a seaside, cool climate.

Kavalan Manzanilla Single Cask Whisky (114.2 proof)
Visual: Orange-brown.
Nose: Dark, intensely compact sherry nose thickly laid over a chewy malt distillate.
Taste: Brown sugar, caramel and a deep sherry patina that intermingles with the whisky so perfectly that it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends.  This is a dark and rich whisky that has a richness few others can match.  Absolutely luscious and expertly crafted.
Finish: As the initial sweetness trails away, some of the more subtle sherry notes come out to play leaving a dry and crisp finish.
Overall: A perfect whisky to pair with a Cuban cigar, this is another amazing single malt from Kavalan.  If you can only afford one, this is my recommendation.
GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Kavalan Whisky