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Kavalan Podium

(70cl, 46%)

Kavalan Podium

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Kavalan Podium Bottling Note

Kavalan single malt from Taiwan matured in a combination of new American oak (virgin oak) and the distillery's refill casks for an exciting expression from this well regarded Asian whisky distillery.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toasty, fragrant perfumed oak and cedar, tuck shop notes, biscuit and star anise.

Palate: Mango and Rich Tea biscuits, banana leaf, caramel and honey.

Finish: More cedar, some cocoa and spiced orchard fruit.

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Kavalan Podium Reviews

Expensive!!

Pleasant. Easily drinkable. Bit expensive. There are better whiskies than this that are so much cheaper. Probably will not buy again

17th January 2019

Just ok

A lot of grain and some slight oaky notes on the nose and palate. Not picking up any fruit on this at all. Overall it's kind of disappointing. Won't buy it again.

23rd December 2018

consistent quality from a great distillery

I've been living in Taiwan for 15 years and have followed the advent of Kavalan and Omar whiskies with great interest. Honestly, with great skepticism at first, but in the end they never disappoint. If you are afraid to try the wallet and mouth numbing Solists, this one is a great introduction to Kavalan. The fruit and spice flavours mingle perfectly with the wood.

The Sherry Solists are awesome, regardless of other reviews, even if they quote libraries in the 100's, or elevate my homey South African sherry to new heights. I have never had a bad Kavalan, or Omar for that matter. Taiwan has really come to surprise (shock??) us all with their whisky.

6th August 2017

Revelations

I travel a lot in Asia so I see a lot of adverts for "the world's best whiskey" but only started trying them recently. I have a large Whisk(e)y library with most styles represented (currently 125 labels). I previously bought a Solist (sherry cask finish) which was awful. It tastes like it was matured in South African sherry casks and is very sharp, poorly balanced. The Podium however is a more middle-of-the-road offering which I first tried (for free) in an airport lounge. I resolved to get a bottle and try it seriously at home so, here we go.

The bouquet is enchanting. Fresh sawdust/toolshed, old books and dry vanilla pod. Vanilla/oak are the predominant flavours with a developing sweet tropical fruit and custard middle and a long, softening aftertaste of caramel, cocoa and toasted coconut. Tasted blind, I suspect you would swear it was (extremely good) Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Bravo. Kavalan, you have a new fan.

24th November 2016

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