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Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak

Overall rating
83.46/100
votes
178
Whiskybase ID
WB39836
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
波本桶單一麥芽威士忌
Barcode
4710085218752
Added on
05 Feb 2013 9:48 am
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 69.65

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178 × member ratings

285 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.46 points

  1. lingige scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Nazin scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Nothing really interesting.
    N: dust, malt, bananas, orange zest.
    T: vanilla, caramel, coconut.
    F: peppery, oaky.

  3. daniel1312 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Mango, papaya, yellow fruits, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Like smell, slightly salty, green banana, slightly medicinal
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity, salty, somewhat spicy, slightly metallic at the end

  4. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    My first Kavalan! How has it taken so long to get here? I've been missing out, it seems.

    Anyway.

    That nose is truly an assault on the senses and fantastic all by itself.

    On the tongue it's much more restrained, while still staying true to the theme. Much more recognisably an ex bourbon whisky profile, showing the vanilla and spice but combined with the creamy coconut and banana notes, I've not come across anything quite like that before.

    There's a bit of astringency that picks up at the end, but it never manages to dry out the experience and unusually, brought more of its own sweetness.

    This was different in the way I always hope world whisky is going to be.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Immediate riot of real and artifical fruit: unmistakable ripe banana, Afonso mango and barbequed pineapple vs Wrigley's juicyfruit gum and Barratt's fruit salad. One acclimated to the ambient level of tropical, I got Amarula liqueur, Creme Caramel with orange zest, distant lillies and even more subtle black licorice. This is all set on a background of oak, wearing an almost-convincing disguise of sandalwood.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Cointreau fumes everywhere before rich and sweetened vanilla-coconut cream over not quite yellow banana. English toffees and bourbon oak spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Vanilla toffee and cinnamon which keeps rising in heat to a feisty white pepper. The mouthfeel thins and dries here, with a couple drops of Crème de menthe and more banana, fully green this time.

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Maltimizer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Honey and vanilla, yellow fruity towards mango and peach, light acidity and spice, a little mint
    • Taste
      81 81
      Mild, almost palatable, light fruit sweetness with vanilla, lemon, black pepper and chewing gum, oak spice increases
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium length, again light fruit and oak, chocolate-coated coffee beans

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan ex-bourbon oak 46%.

    30ml at home, Aug 2021.

    Golden.

    Aroma is mango, apple, soft vanilla. Distinct fruity notes and clean as you like. Good actually.

    Taste is soft and biscuity, citrus and bubblegum notes come in later … building to a salt and pepper finish. A very literal woodiness lingers. The slightest burnt coffee bean note comes in late. Good and clean. Increasingly bitter char but never gets distracting. Another impressive Kavalan. 3.575/85A.

  9. Squinugie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good dram. 50ml mini at 46%. Bottled 2018. Ropes, cowhide, and sawdust. Hints of fruits (bananas, pineapples, mandarins, and lemons. Minty vanilla. Some metallic edges. Not a very balanced dram, but the beginning of something nice. Tbh, this is almost like a youngish Yoichi. Quality stuff.

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