KAVALAN SINGLE MALT ~ TAIWAN
86/100 DISTILLER SCORE
Tastings "A satisfying Single Malt that will appeal to lovers of Scotch Whisky and American Whiskey; absolutely delicious. Golden amber color. Aromas of honey, pressed flowers, ripe fig, cherry glaze, and lavender shortbread with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long dried peach, ginger cake, cola, toasted hazelnut, and tea with cream finish."
The Dramble "....Kavalan Classic is immensely drinkable. It's hard not to like and, all malt fans will surely find something to enjoy here."
Jim Murray, Author of The Whisky Bible "Many years ago I gained an early impression that King Car Kavaln whisky is very close to a recognised Speyside style after just two years of ageing. The continued excellence of Kavalan's whisky has vindicated that initial impeession. And it proved beyond doubt that even in a subtropical zone like this, whisky can offer such a superb flavour profile."
Dave Broom, Whisky: The Manual "A wonderful whisky. The classic has a wide range of aromas. Sweet tropical fruits, orchid, frangipani, vanilla and coconut. The finish is gentle."
Ingvar Ronde, The Malt Whisky Yearbook "It is a rare breed of whisky! It has the scent of mango, which is exclusive to Taiwan. The whisky is lively and passionate with distinctive features."
The flagship single malt from Taiwan's Kavalan. Only operating since 2005 they have wowed the world with their young but full flavored whisky, concentrating on their signature flavors of tropical fruit.
Nose - Clean, elegant, floral (pleasant & refreshing fragrance of the butterfly orchid), fruity and seductive. With hints of honey, tropical fruits (mango in particular), pear drop, vanilla, coconuts, and suggestions of chocolate.
Palate - A hint of sweet mango juice with that spicy complexity and gentle warmth on a medium, oily, and citrus finish.
The Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan has been making single malt whisky since 2006 and is the recipient of 210 gold awards. In 2016 Kavalan claimed all top 5 places in the International Review of Whiskies' 'Top 5 Whiskies of the World'. In 2015 the prestigious World Whiskies Awards (WWA) named the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique its 2015 "World's Best Single Malt Whisky" and the Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength the 2016 "World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky."
Aged in American oak bottles in the intense humidity and heat of Taiwan, Kavalan also benefits from sea and mountain breezes and the Snow Mountain's spring water, which combine to create Kavalan Whisky's signature creaminess. Kavalan takes its name from the old name for Yilan County and is backed by its parent company, King Car Group's 30 years experience of beverage-making.