Kavalan Single Malt
King Car distillery is located in Yilan County, Taiwan, and the single malt whisky produced there is named after the indigenous people who originally inhabited this northeastern corner of the island: the Kavalan.
Although the distillery was only brought on stream in 2005, the warm sub-tropical climate means that the whisky effectively matures more quickly and an impressive range of whiskies are available (now finally in the UK too!). This Kavalan Single Malt Whisky, for example was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Nose: Fragrant and tropical fruits with floral notes, vanilla and mango.
Palate: There's mango throughout, spicy barley, gentle oak and creamy richness.
Finish: A touch of allspice, vanilla and fragrant pear skin.
very nice on the rocks, slightly sweet and easy on the palate, one of the best I've had...
24th June 2015
I only like whisky as its the only spirit that sooths me. Wine and brandy do not agree with me. I found Kavalan very enjoyable and relaxing. I drink to relax and never over the limit as to be intoxicated.
28th March 2015
smooth sweet and easy
Congratulations on your World beating Award,
27th March 2015
got to try this before the hype in taiwan
25th March 2015
A bit light...
Mango fruity surprise
Drinkable, light, creamy, fruity but lacking any real punch. Received as a gift but Would never spend the asking price on this. I can think of at least 20 better drams at this price...
22nd February 2015
Bit apprehensive about buying this but decided to try it as a blind tasting for my friends. Lovely fruity notes, particularly the mango but a little spice to keep it balanced. Everyone was impressed and a little surprised when I told them what it was. Needless to say the bottle didn't last long. Bit pricey but overall it's the taste that matters more than the age :-)
13th February 2015
I currently live in Taiwan, and though the people here have a deep passion for whisky, it mostly gets diluted with lots of water/tea or is shotted. From their drinking culture I expected a fast bottled, quick to neck whisky made with little care.
I was wrong. Somehow, despite the age of the distillery, this was perhaps the best whisky i've tasted all year. A lively, fruity flavor which leaves a rich, smooth feel.
You'll have to overcome the young age aspect to pay £55+ for it, but its worth it.