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Kavalan Concertmaster - Port Cask Finish

(70cl, 40%)

Kavalan Concertmaster - Port Cask Finish

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Kavalan Concertmaster Bottling Note

Taiwanese whisky has been a 'thing' for a while now, since 2008 in fact, but the highly-regarded Kavalan whiskies are now finally available in Europe! This single malt whisky utilises Ruby Port, Tawny Port and Vintage Port casks from Portugal to finish whiskies that were initially matured in American oak. Kavalan Concertmaster was named Best in Class at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Red grapes and clove, followed by a good whack of vanilla. A little bit of tobacco leaf and cookie dough.

Palate: Brown sugar mixed with ground cinnamon and white pepper, doused in good Port. A core of white oak warmth.

Finish: Raisins, prunes, strawberry jam and another pinch of tobacco.

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Kavalan Concertmaster - Port Cask Finish Reviews

NO

Took it neat like I always do. Tastes like some weird harsh chemical. Tried mixing it hoping to cover the taste. Wasted the mixer. I'm too embarassed to even give it away or bring it out during gatherings. A resounding no.

9th July 2021

Worth Further Tasting

I have been a Scottish scotch drinker for more than 40 years. I have tried everything from 10 yr to 40 yr and find the single malts in the 15-18 yr singles my favourites. With the sample brought by my family on their visit to a Taiwan, I received the Concertmaster and I must say I was quite pleased with all phases of this sample. Not matured as most of my tastings but very pleasant and certainly worthy of further sampling when KaVan Lan can be imported into Canada.

28th May 2021

Whisky Wednesday review

Bit of an odd one.
I get the raisins, tabacco and vanilla on the nnose with a sweetness of jam. The taste is quite harsh from what I guess is young spirit, some flavours trying to come through but none stand out. The finsih is masked by spice and pepper sensation but does lead to raisins and tabacco.
(For those that might not know the taste of tabacco take a filtered unlit cigarette and suck on it). Nothing special for that level of price and puts me off trying others in the range.

28th April 2021

Worth £20-30 for fun.

Complicated without being enjoyable. Fantastic nose, and then the palate is just confusing. You can taste a very immature whisky in there, way too diluted (40%, it needed to be cask strength to keep the flavours), and the port finish just barges its way in, as if it's not had time to meld together. A strange whisky I'd have been pleased to buy for £20-30.

18th June 2020

Don't !

In 3 years I tasted more than 100 whisky's. This one is horrible. Smells very chemical, tastes chemical. Better buy a Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban!

29th September 2019

Meh

Nice finish but ultimately pretty weak and unremarkable taste. I'll pass.

21st November 2018

Wonderfull

Fantastic, wonderwull, smooth and aromatic. Its a kind of taste. I love it!

5th April 2018

Fantastic!!

Very smooth ... if you like portcask finish dont hesitade and buy it.

24th December 2017

All Round Very Good

Beautiful rich aroma. Lovely contrast of sweet and dry on the tongue. More than adequate finish.

23rd April 2017

Terrible one. Aweful drink

I have tasted almost all the Kavalan whiskies with a personal collection of their Solist series & distiller's edition. Kavalan got everything right with cask strength, sherry cask finish & intense and robust whiskies.
But this one is a poorly made whisky. Good on the nose (sweet, fruity & mushy pipe) but very ordinary on the palate with a poor finish.
Overpriced. Almost 70$ even at its cheapest.The port pipe finish does add to the flavour but that's it.
Just one tip: If u open the bottle, finish it. If it evolves, it loses its flavour and turns worthless.

10th March 2017

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