Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Wooden Box
Added on
30 Aug 2010 5:31 pm

Average value

€ 61.09

20 × in wishlist

296 × member ratings

506 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.38 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super Administrator

    From the award-winning distillery in Taiwan, Kavalan Single Malt is their entry-level bottling. Being matured in six different cask types, the nose is reminiscent of a quality Blended Scotch. Very fruity with ripe oranges, mango and pineapple at first, the aroma turns more floral and honeyed upon adding a little water. Werther's Original drops, maple syrup and measured oak influence characterize the rather simple taste of this young malt. The finish is quick, chocolaty and slightly bitter. An interesting but very 'engineered' whisky with a hefty price tag.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is quite open and fresh with notes of chocolate candies, lollipops, ripe mango and flowers.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is fresh and sweet with almost the same profile as nose with additional notes of honey and ripe melon.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The finish is short and dull with washy notes of bitter chocolate and some tannic wet wood.

  3. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    For a basic NAS, it’s very nice and rich.
    • Nose
      Chocolates with liquor, candies, caramel, toffee, vanilla, mango, some flowers.
    • Taste
      Echoes the nose almost one to one, adding more fruit and candy.
    • Finish
      Short and poor, young, bitterness chocolates and astringent tannins.

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the cask strength (and preferably sherry barrel matured) Kavalan's which I am a big fan of, it still stands out against me.
    In any case, the 40% really makes this whisky too weak, had at least 46% liked. Smell is still promising, but especially body does not make it true.
    • Nose
      Fruity, apples, citrus, orange. Sweet too, honey. Tropical fruit, specifically mango and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Fruity, somewhat flat, orange, honey, somewhat stimulating but also a somewhat watery mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Pretty short, fruit, slightly tingling, slightly warming now, honey, vanilla and peach.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    I think this one is underestimated just because it comes from new territories but it's much better than expected. Reminds me on some good Glenrothes. I really like this one.
    • Nose
      Honey, wood, vanilla, ripe fruits, fried sugar bananas
    • Taste
      Very oily and liquorice, smooth, nice sweetness balanced with oak wood, vanilla, oranges, bananas, pineapples, mangos, honey
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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  7. KeesD scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan Single Malt Whisky 40%. Bottled a while back. Colour is suspiciously dark. Aroma is stonking. Honeycomb caramel soft oak and light exotic fruits and highlighter pen but mostly toffeeish. White chocolate covered dried fruits. Nice aroma. Taste is soft, chocolatey, sherry, vanilla oak, spicy linger. Rich and tasty. Pretty impressive to say the least. The first two Kavalan whiskies I tried scored 75 and 81 - decent enough but fairly average. Third time lucky, as they say. 3.8/90

  9. SimondeVette scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Not really a scotch, but really good. I'd say it is the NEIPA of the whiskies
    • Nose
      Tropical fruit (mango), a bit of vanilla
    • Taste
      Tropical fruit, honey, perfectly sharp
    • Finish
      Soft and spicy

  10. Jolemann scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Peach, oranges, sweet, oak, some cinnamon
    • Taste
      85 85
      Orange, plums, mild, some oak spice
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium-short, not bitter, light burning


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