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Kavalan Named 2021 ‘Taste Master’ for Solist PX Sherry at World Whisky Masters

12 August, Wien -The 9 Masters medals recognised Kavalan’s ‘powerful flavours’ and ‘definite skill in managing the maturation’

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Kavalan 2021 taste master

Kavalan’s Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky has been awarded the Asia region’s coveted World Whisky Taste Master 2021 by the World Whisky Masters (WWM) for its notes of “rich biscuit and chocolate” on the palate and a “bitter, sweet, fruity” finish.

Kavalan’s Taste Masters Medal was selected from all the Masters medals awarded in the Asia category (excluding Japan and India) including the nine Masters medals awarded to Kavalan.

Along with the PX Sherry, judges were impressed by the Kavalan’s Artist Series: Paul Chiang French Wine Cask Single Cask Strength for its flavours of “rich chocolate and baking spices, dried apples and red berries”.

The judges also favoured the Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky, with “caramel, toffee and dried fruits” on the nose, leading to a “hint of peach, butterscotch, wood spices and pepper” on the palate.

Of the 17 Gold‐standard whiskies, judges singled out the Kavalan Solist Port for “loads of tropical fruits and bitter walnuts”; and the Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry with its “chocolate‐coated raisins on the palate with caramel and fruit syrup” leading to “gingerbread and pepper.” Gold-winning Kavalan Solist Madeira Single Cask Strength Single Malt also impressed with its “woody and earthy” nose, “syrupy, juicy” palate with “oak, orange and warming spices”.

Taste Masters Medal

Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Master Medal

Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan 10th Anniversary Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang – Virgin Oak Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang – French Wine Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang – Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Gold Medal

Kavalan Distillery Select No. 2 Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky

King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Podium Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Madeira Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan 10th Anniversary Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang – Puncheon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

About World Whisky Masters

According to the Spirits Business, which organises the World Whisky Masters, 2021 had a record number of entries. A panel of esteemed tasters assembled at the Ibis Hotel in London Bridge, UK, to blind‐taste whiskies from around the globe. Nicola Carruthers, deputy editor of The Spirits Business magazine, chaired the first of four panels, and was joined by Tommy Cummins, head of purchasing at The Umbrella Project, and James Goggin, head of sales at Empirical. Billy Abbott, ambassador for The Whisky Exchange, chaired a second panel, and was accompanied by Caroline Roddis, editor of The Whisky Exchange, and Karen Taylor, co‐founder of the Whisky For Everyone blog. The third team comprised Evan Prousaefs, bar manager at The Leaf and Cane in London, and Matt Chambers, co‐founder of the Whisky For Everyone blog, who chaired his panel. Michel Fichtner, head bartender at the Coburg Bar at The Connaught hotel in London, joined me, Melita Kiely, editor of The Spirits Business, and chair of the tasting, on the final panel.

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