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Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

Overall rating
79.41/100
votes
310
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

€ 57.36

23 × in wishlist

310 × member ratings

518 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Single Malt Whisky

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.41 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 Photo 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. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great fruit aromas on the nose. A bit too one-dimensional on the palate, but gets really good again on the finish. Overall a nice drop.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, overripe apple, tropical fruits, coconut, spices, dust, chocolate, subtle sulphur
    • Taste
      82 82
      Soft and sweet at the beginning, then a bit bitter, light fruits
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-length finish with berries, subtle soap, some bitterness, malt, oak. Properly integrated alcohol.

  7. daniel1312 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, Caribbean, slightly medicinal
    • Taste
      80 80
      Slightly medicinal, somewhat artificial
    • Finish
      77 77
      Barely present, slightly bitter

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    More or less classic Kavalan whisky. I am not a big fan of it. It has typical copper background mixed with different fruity notes. Very good with green apples as appetizer.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Metallic and copper notes, elements of malt, sweet glazed fruits, tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Citruses, malt and delicate metallic notes.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Echoes taste mostly with citric and metallic notes.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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  10. KeesD scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

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