- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Ex-Bourbon Barrels
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 05 Feb 2013 9:58 am
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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak
27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.40 points
- Solid, slightly one-dimensional whisky. Very barrel-heavy, for his 46% very intense. Average ex-bourbon.
Reminiscent of a bourbon, lots of vanilla and lots of sweetness. Touch of fresh fruits.
Quite dry, intensive start despite "only" 46%. Something oak, while subtly sweet. Overall, one-dimensional.
Short and dry, slightly tingling. Oak becomes a bit more dominant, the sweetness disappears.
- good! surely not everybody´s taste but from time to time I could enjoy it.
immediately after the king car conductor:
rather similar in its fruitiness. basket of tropical fruits. perhaps a bit more vanilla and a bit more oak which makes it a bit deeper. very fresh and mouthwatering. I also like this one.
perhaps the mouthfeel is a bit creamier than the conductor´s and it´s a bit more complex. the fruitiness is a bit more integrated. the bourbon cask influence is a bit more evident.
medium to long
- Delicious, exotic fruity. Weak point: sharpness on the palate.
- On the nose, the almond, the core, the vanilla and the characteristic glue of the bourbon finish!
On the palate, vanilla, exotic fruits, a bit of banana, the acidulous sweetness, the sweet spices tending towards cinnamon, then the malt comes back in force, with the glue again!
In the finish, oaky and vanilla, a little honeyed.
An austere dram, more bourbon than whisky, with a final too marked!
- Tasted during Kavalan Nosing and Tasting session, November 2015
- Spicy Sweet
Kavalan scores big with its single casks in the Solist range. But recently the also released a standard version on both sherry and bourbon. Today I will try the Kavalan ex-Bourbon Cask, cut to 46%.
The aroma of Granny Smith apples, banana, coconut and red berries is somewhat hindered by some wood glue, that thankfully evaporates quickly. It makes room for ginger, vanilla, dried grasses and a whiff of cinnamon. A couple of drops of acacia honey and a handful of nuts appear. Yes, this turns out the be wonderfully fruity after all. But if you leave it to breath for long, it gets a bit candy-like as if from Haribo bears or wine gums.
It is fairly oily and immediately sweet on the palate. A nice continuation of the nose, although the spices become a tad louder. The oak rears its head. I also get a slight bitterness as if from a grape pith and some green herbal notes. But the emphasis remains on the sweet fruit and honey.
In the medium long finish, which offers herbs and some pepper, some tannins appear, making it very dry at the death.
A nice but rather young Kavalan, I think. I do prefer the sherry cask version. The oak is quite loud in this one. Around 60 EUR.