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Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

Overall rating
79.39/100
votes
292
Whiskybase ID
WB18006
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Wooden Box
Barcode
4710085206711
Added on
30 Aug 2010 5:31 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 61.49

20 × in wishlist

292 × member ratings

495 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.39 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. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 84 points 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.

  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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Fruity, easy drinking with a hint of vanilla. One of the few drams that I could well imagine with an ice cube in the summer if it weren't for the price. It is currently available for around € 40. For a little more than half, I might put it on the shelf as a light whisky for the summer. Probably not like that.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Pineapple, mango, banana. Something slightly medical, in the direction of adhesive plaster, can be guessed and unfortunately does not go with the exotic fruits for me.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Slightly sweet and subtly fruity. Too subtle for my taste, almost watery.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Faintly chocolatey-sweet, a hint of vanilla and quite short, but I don't find any obvious faults either.

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The really nice, very fruity nose promises a lot, I like the smell a lot. Unfortunately, the taste cannot fully hold this. It looks a bit watery and the aromas have a hard time developing fully. I think with more percent he would be a really tasty comrade. At a price of between € 40 and € 45, it may be a bit overpriced.
    • Nose
      85 85
      In the glass, the entry-level malt in the world of Kavalan presents itself with a color reminiscent of blossom honey. There aren't too many legs that form on the edge of the glass. Very light floral and at the same time tropical fruity fragrance right at the beginning on the nose. The fruits are tropical in nature and go in the direction of mango, ripe pineapple and persimmon - with a hint of fruit acid. Very attractive! Aromas of honey and vanilla are also evident. Somewhat spicy wood and very delicate sherry fruit influences are noticeable in the nose at the end.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The mouthfeel is not unpleasant, creamy but also a bit watery at the same time. Slightly sweet, plus the fruit from the nose, but a little more subtle. In addition, there are wood aromas that add spice and a nice maltiness to the taste. Everything is very harmonious, nothing comes to the fore.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Relatively short, slightly alcoholic finish. Slightly bitter, more like chocolate than coffee, but also aromatic at the same time. Towards the end, surprising notes of tobacco are added.

  9. Svjatogor scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    malty and yeasty

  10. RJKrueger scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad entry into the Taiwanese whisky world.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Light fruits such as peach and apricot can be heard, along with vanilla and a little malt.
    • Taste
      84 84
      It comes across as Scottish, like a young Inchmurrin maybe, quite spicy in addition to the light fruits, despite the probably young age. No missing notes but not too complex either.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The finish is rather short and a bit thin, at first quite spicy, not very sweet, then herbs and a little floral.

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