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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.
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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.
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
Gentle Glens whisky club
A suprising whisky
We tasted this on January 10, 2015. Most members were not impressed. This is not a typical single malt. Very sweet and fruity. Price here is over $100 Canadian.
12th 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.
2nd January 2015
A nice gift for someone love whisky
this price for a very young whisky.. this is not even on par with the Japanese whisky... at least japanese produces the very top notch whisky, unlike this newly formed distillery which bottled very young whisky.. learn from the Japanese
28th December 2014
I bought this for my boyfriend who is a big fan of whiskey. He said this whiskey is very smooth and a hint of fruity. And he said he loves it!! So if you are looking for something unique and good and want to play safe on the taste you should give a shot on this.
11th November 2014
Kavalan is yet another fine example of a new Asian distillery that is coming out with some fantastic single malt. The Kavalan Single Malt is one of their entry level expressions but it sure packs a punch.
The nose highlights the lovely notes of the Oak and Vanilla from the cask in which this spirit was matured in as well some distinct fruity notes.. I'd say more Mango and Papaya is what stood out for me..
The continuity and consistency about this malt was probably what made it so special.. It was like the palate was a continuation of the nose with those juicy Mango flavors along with the Vanilla and a dash of spices. The best part though was how the malt has this rich creamy feel to it in your mouth and boy that felt really nice!
Finally as I mentioned earlier the finish too had its fair share of the Vanilla and the Oak in it.. its like the Cask had given the spirit all it could.. and left the perfect imprint on it.
All in all this one is a thumbs up.. looking forward to tasting more expressions from them..