Since today is World Whisky Day 2017 and over the past week I’ve been luck to meet the Master Distiller at Kavalan Mr Ian Chang, I’ve decided to review the Taiwanese whisky range from Kavalan. Also I’ll have my interview with Mr. Ian Chang in a blog post coming soon. So today I decided to review the entry level whisky from the Kavalan distillery known around the world as the ‘Kavalan Single Malt Whisky’ and some also referred to as the ‘Classic’.
This whisky I first encountered in early 2015 whilst shopping and caught my eye immediately, also as I have quite a few friends from Taiwan led to me curiosity to purchase the bottle and discover what being produced on the other side of the world. So I took this bottle home with not a high expectation but from the first taste it literally raised the bar for all world whiskies. Since then I have become a fan of the Kavalan range and picked up more then a fair few of their bottlings which will all be featured soon.
So I’ve also created a YouTube video review for Kavalan Single Malt Whisky which will be uploaded on my YouTube channel and you can ‘Click here’. The Kavalan Single Malt Whisky is the entry level whisky from the Kavalan Distillery which is also bottled at a abv of 40%. It’s one which the Master Distiller Ian Chang told me he considers a “Every minute drinking whisky, as its just so easy drinking.” To which I completely agree but without giving too much away lets jump into the tasting notes.
Colour: Rich Amber
Nose: My First impressions on the nose is a sweet succulent Red Bartlett pear, I then pick up on a more tropical fruit salad character which to nail it down to one fruit leading more towards a mango. Something really nice on the nose.
Palate: On the palate the texture of the whisky is a light medium body that’s not too heavy, followed by a light vanilla note which invites the taste on the palate. A spicy note can be felt around the side of the palate which seems to remain consistent but more to the centre can be described as a sweet cinnamon, possible even a spiced mango. Now re-emerges the tropical fruit salad with bursts of flavour dancing on the palate but also pick up on a roasted barley note and ends with passion fruit.
Finish: The Finish for this whisky instantly gives a mouth warming feel of a gingery spice whilst it holds to the fruitiness which has remained from start to finish. Interestingly the texture with the tropical note change and leave a medium to long finish. The way in which I broke down the different flavours were sweetness of a mango, the tanginess of a passion fruit and juicy profile of an apple.
CASKS: Ex-Bourbon Refill + Ex-Sherry Refill + New American Oak Casks
DISTILLERY: KAVALAN Distillery – KING CAR FACTORY
COMPANY: KING CAR GROUP
REGION/ORIGIN: Yilan, Taiwan
Comments: My overall comments and opinion on the Kavalan Single Malt Whisky is that is offers its own style of complexity and I feel everyone will take away something from this whisky, whether it be the spice or even the tropical fruitiness. As for the price of this whisky it’s in the £50 marker which is around par standard for many single malt whisky and for something coming all the way from Taiwan it in my opinion offer good value for money. If you get a chance give this a go let me know your thoughts on it or message me on twitter, I cant wait to try some more from the Kavalan distillery so stay tuned for the next review very soon. Slainte!