Taiwan’s Kavalan Distillery Launches ‘Triple Sherry Cask’ Whisky

By Gary Carter / November 16, 2021

With its recently announced new Triple Sherry Cask Single Malt, Taiwan’s Kavalan Distillery has a whisky with the rare combination of Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez (PX) and Moscatel-aged casks.

“This is the first time we’ve combined our whisky in three different sherry casks,” said Kavalan CEO YT Lee in a prepared statement. “It’s all about multiplying and enriching the sherry flavors to make a distinct whisky that has dried fruits, rich caramel, sweet maltose and tropical fruits as its profile.”

After fully maturing in the three different casks, the Triple Sherry Cask showcases what’s described as a three-stage balancing craft in the marrying vats.

Triple Sherry Cask Single Malt

Triple Sherry Cask Single Malt (image via Kavalan)

Kavalan Senior Blender Zerose Yang explained that this process allows the three whiskies, each fully matured in the three different sherry casks, to rest and meld together, locking in optimal smoothness.

“During this process, the flavors collide through a myriad combination of the three sherry cask whiskies, creating up to nine distinct sherry dimensions,” Yang said. “With its main character the dried fruits of the Oloroso cask, Triple Sherry is embellished with the sweetness of PX and Moscatel casks.”

The packaging design features a fluid painting intertwined with white, gold, and red colors, symbolizing the multilayered taste of the triple sherry cask whisky. Also, it presents the combination of the colors of new make, whisky and sherry wine. The tin capsule features a double silver line, symbolizing Taiwan’s Central Mountain and Snow Mountain ranges surrounding Kavalan Distillery.

The 700ml bottle, clocking in at 80 proof, is now available in France, Canada, Japan, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand and Guam at a suggested retail price of NT$2,300 (around $80-85 USD).

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You’ll find official Kavalan Triple Sherry Cask distiller’s tasting notes below.

  • Color: Deep Scarlet.
  • Nose: Ripe, mature berries and dried fruits fill the nose, with fresh scents of grapes and citrus interlaced with chocolate brownie and toffee sweetness. Hints of cinnamon, clover and spiciness, blending into oakiness and fragrant rosemary.
  • Palate: Lingering flavors of sherry dried fruits. Warm and smooth with a mellow texture. A flamenco dance of candied fruit, caramel, and honey sweetness on the palate.