Taiwan > Scotch and Other Whiskies > Single Malt > Kavalan
This is a single cas of Kavalan Vinho bottled exclusively for Canada. The Kavalan Vinho "Celebrating Canada" cask W130111055 yielded but 234 bottles. KWM will not likely see more than a couple of dozen bottles.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: big, rich and spicy; loads of dark and candied fruit; a balsemic vinegar reduction, Demerara sugars, peanut brittle and with patience some soft, delicate fruits: dried apricots, melon and peaches.
Palate: big, creamy and decadent with loads of fruit: more dried apricots, and diced pineapple with cooked apple and poached pear; more Demerara sugar, French roast coffee dregs, peanut brittle and more balsemic vinegar reduction notes.
Finish: fruity, spicy and nutty; very silky and smooth.
Comment: more balanced and less over the top than most of the other single casks I've sample; this is a lovely single cask!
About the Kavalan Vinho: "This cask strength Taiwanese single malt is "World Whisky of the Year!: World Drinks Awards 2015." We've known what a gem this is for years, having sold it exclusively in Calgary. A very limited quantity of the whisky has just come back in stock, and at a much lower price! Matured in American ex-Wine Barriques."
World Whisky Awards Tasting Note: "Lots of stewed fruits on the nose. There’s also aged Bourbon notes. Water brings out custard creams. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. The alcohol is very present. It’s like Bourbon infused milk chocolate. Another nutty, meaty, savoury nose, with sweet notes in the backdrop. Very sweet pruney flavours initially on the palate, with fruit cake and big clove, chilli and dry cinnamon. Walnut and hazelnut on the very dry finish. Immediately and subtly liquor rich. Tiny bit of incense, a thread of spice and smoke. Caramel, marzipan, coffee-vanilla, fudge, rich, creamy, dried black fruits. Integrated and surprisingly light. Element of sandalwood. Starts creamy, waters out, almost disappears before rubbing hot brown sugar into the oesophagus. Tiny bitter trace."
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