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Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

Overall rating
79.23/100
votes
225
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4710085206711
Added on
30 Aug 2010 5:25 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 57,04

15 × in wishlist

225 × member ratings

399 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.23 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points 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. Misery scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    `Kavalan Classic NAS / 40%`
    The aroma of chocolate sweets with liqueur, candy, caramel, toffee, vanilla, mango, some flowers. The taste echoes the nose almost one to one, adding more fruit and candy. The finish is short and poor, young, bitter chocolate and astringent tannins.

    Very surprised nose and taste. For a basic NAS is very good and rich. The finish is almost completely absent, leaving the bitterness of wood, very slightly knit mouth. When a small fortress is drunk quite heavy, most likely because of the "thick" astringent taste. For the money for which it is sold, and you can take, since the profile of the whisky is still not quite standard.
    `Score 84`
    © belwhisky.club

  3. 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.

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Whisky101 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Shows real promise, just a shame its 40%. 

    Not a complex whisky, but a very pleasant one and good to start an evening with. It won't stand up against more complex malts. 
    • Nose
      Sweet fruit, mixed fruit, vanilla, water opens up even more fruit.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Pear drops, but not overly sweet, gentle oak, a little chocolate (light/milk), very light note of liquorice. 
    • Finish
      Light, rounded and very pleasant. 

  8. Lorion scored this whisky 34 points Expert Senior

    The nose saves from total failure.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Hot, bitter, fruity.
    • Finish
      Chemically, bitter. Not for long, but too long.

  9. malt70 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    The two standard bottlings in direct comparison: https://fosm.de/tasting-2x-kavalan/
    • Nose
      The Bourbon barrel makes itself felt. A lot of vanilla. Even fruits are available. I also like the honey. The fruits become stronger with time. The mango is clear now.
    • Taste
      The oak is noticeable. Spicy and vanilla. And: the mango is very clear.
    • Finish
      The spice is strong. Light menthol note. The finale is a bit oak.

  10. holborndrinker scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Tastes more like a bourbon - I'm not yet convinced by this one as their are plenty of bottles which provide better value for money.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

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