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Kavalan Concertmaster

Overall rating
80.81/100
votes
517
Whiskybase ID
WB16810
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Cask Finish
Casktype
Portuguese Ruby, Tawny and Vintage Port Wine
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4710085208456
Added on
30 May 2010 6:44 am
Uncolored

Average value

€ 66.03

19 × in wishlist

517 × member ratings

890 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Concertmaster

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.81 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super Administrator

    Let's go back to the other side of the world, to King Car distillery and their Port-finished NAS whisky 'Kavalan Concertmaster'. Nosing this Taiwanese Single Malt is quite pleasant, despite the intense sweetness and spirity youthfulness. Tropical fruits, icing sugar and a touch of menthol blend nicely with honey, nuts and raisins. With only 40% ABV, the taste is rather thin, sweet and slightly sour, featuring berries, roasted coffee and a dash of pepper in its brief finish. Again, a very 'engineered' and certainly overpriced malt that didn't blow my socks off.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Curve work with a barrel of port, you can drink, but not the fact that you need.
    • Nose
      The smeared effect of the barrel from under the port is met by blackberries, escorted by currants, then more familiar caramel-candy stories.
    • Taste
      A bit of berries, port profile, vanilla, compote.
    • Finish
      Dry, short, empty, some sweet spices and wine notes.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  Somehow I have to do a more detailed review of this bottling as I do not remember its taste at all.  Is this good or bad?  We will see...  This dram is from another bottle that was filled on December 12th, 2012.   

    The colour is burnished and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that builds tears with medium fast legs.  The nose is somewhat unbalanced with a spike on the sweet-sour port wine aromas but not much malt influence.  It reads a little immature I would say.  It is okay but nothing I really like to nose.  The whisky arrives warming but not coating on the palate and has significant dry-adstringent moments that I do not like (tannins, cold metals and ashes).  The taste is just two-dimensional on sour-sweet port wine flavours with some bitter wooden notes.  Okayish but not my style.  The finish is of medium length and sweeter than the taste but it shows more of the drying and bitter moments.  Water smoothes the dram and reduces the bitterness somewhat while increasing the dryness and adstringent feelings.  Not sure what is better. 

    Yes, this dram is drinkable, of course - but why should I?
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. davidscharff scored this whisky 52 points Newbie

    Aqueous

  6. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The Concertmaster is more complex than Kavalan's single malt whisky. Especially in the mouth and in the finish. The nose is dark, fruity and sweet, but the taste is surprisingly spicy. A nice mix together. You can drink it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The color is a rich amber. Some oily streaks form on the edge of the glass. The port wine finish is immediately noticeable. You can smell red fruits like berries, but also strawberries and raisins. At the same time a distinct sweetness. With a little time and air, the fruits turn into tropical representatives like mango and a little vanilla is added.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pleasant mouthfeel. Significantly spicier than expected on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, no pepper, no heat. On the fruit side, the red fruit collection from the nose is particularly evident in the taste. The sweetness increases more clearly from the second sip. Vanilla rounds off the taste.
    • Finish
      84 84
      With the spice / fruit mixture, we continue towards the beginning. The finish may not be extremely long, but it is very tasty. With the cinnamon and nutmeg aromas, a pleasant warmth stays in the mouth a little longer.

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Caramel, dates, sherry, candy, blueberries, melon, woody, citric. Balanced, watery, light body. Good intensity on the nose, somewhat lean on the palate and finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Very fruity, spicy, balanced sweetness – perfect for Xmas – I like it very much and it qualifies as daily dram for me – very drinkable!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, honey, crystallized fruits, jam, citrusy, ripe oranges, little nutty, hints of dried apricot and dates, little plums, little nutty, xmas spice, whiffs of vanilla – pretty good!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, little syrupy, good sweetness, fruity, more cooked fruits, cooked oranges, jam, wet pipe tobacco, spices, hints of cinnamon and xmas spice – very good!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, fruity, spicy, jammy

  9. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      wood tones, red fruit, sugar, grapes, raisins, mocha, butter babblers, soap
    • Taste
      watery, port, flat, grapes, bitter, gummy bears, red wine, licorice, currants, wood tones

  10. Martin1965 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark fruits, chocolate, tropical fruits
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, plums, dark berries
    • Finish
      Medium length with fruit

      Fruit is very dominant!

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