- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Ex-Bourbon Barrels
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 05 feb 2013 9:48 am
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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak
41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.47 points
- Nothing really interesting.
N: dust, malt, bananas, orange zest.
T: vanilla, caramel, coconut.
F: peppery, oaky.
Mango, papaya, yellow fruits, vanilla
Like smell, slightly salty, green banana, slightly medicinal
Fruity, salty, somewhat spicy, slightly metallic at the end
- My first Kavalan! How has it taken so long to get here? I've been missing out, it seems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honey and vanilla, yellow fruity towards mango and peach, light acidity and spice, a little mint
Mild, almost palatable, light fruit sweetness with vanilla, lemon, black pepper and chewing gum, oak spice increases
Medium length, again light fruit and oak, chocolate-coated coffee beans
- Kavalan ex-bourbon oak 46%.
30ml at home, Aug 2021.
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.
- 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.
- On the nose fruity notes (not apples, not citrus, maybe mango?), marzipan, hint of vanilla. The smell is very strong. after sipping it for quite some time there's also caramel, earl grey, or generally speaking tea. Moderately sweet in taste, leaves a bitter fruity cocoa mark.
Honey, cereals, fresh red apple, peach, popcorn, vanilla
Apple, honey, grain, lime, apple peel, some nut,
- See nice whisky with good PLV. Something for fans of rather strong, rich whiskys.
At first a little aniseed, dark berries, cinnamon and lots of fruit, Bourbon aroma is very beautiful, vanilla and dark chocolate, great in the nose
Strong, stone fruit at the beginning, then goes over quickly in strong spicy, a trace of cocoa is audible
Long, now comes through the sweetness promised by the nose, light pepperiness, oak comes to the end always stronger and stays in the mouth for a long time
- 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.
Spirity and heating initially, rather unpleasant. Let it breath or try
with small splash of water. Soft aromas of compote sour fruits and
honey, enveloped around earthy tree branches and mineral soda notes.
Mild and soothing.
Palate:- Soft plum and aniseed. Limey, sour fruits carry on from nose. Fresh and malty, fragrant sweet. Pleasant.
Finish:- Lightly harsh on the finish, but delightfully chewy and bold, lasting spicy and warming. Sweet malt lingers.
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
- Normally I’m not that enthusiastic about bourbon’s and ex-bourbon cask matured whisky’s (due to the solvent tones) but this one was a nice surprise. Not that I expect that this one will make it in my collection but it was interesting enough to taste. The solvent tones fade slowly after giving this dram some aeration tome and slightly warming it.
All in all a surprisingly enjoyable ex-bourbon cask matured whisky.
A fresh, sweet and fruity whisky with aromas of solvents (acetone and glue), boiled sweets, green apple, berries (raspberries, red currants), red fruit, vanilla, ginger, maple syrup, acacia honey, coumarin, coconut, barley sugar, subtle cinnamon, subtle caramel, hint of overripe banana, grass and subtle oak.
A sweet, fruity and full whisky with aromas of acacia honey, floral tones, ginger, white pepper, solvents (acetone and glue), cedarwood, tannins, maple syrup, grapes, grape seeds, wax, freshly baked sponge cake, vanilla, hint of lime, banana, barley sugar and spicy oak.
A medium long and drying finish with aromas of pepper, ginger, chili, cedarwood, grape seeds, green apple, grape skins, tannins and spicy oak.
butter, cream, vanilla, light grass,
sweet, cream, vanilla, citrus, white
pepper, light fruits
grass, nuts, spicy, lingering creaminess, peaches
- I'm not a big fan of bourbon cask whiskies, but that being said, I rather liked this one.
vanilla, eucalyptus, bamboo, straw, citrus, cocos, mint
honey, vanilla, herbals, wax, warm and oily
long, warm and smooth
- Good profile of a bourbon cask. Better than king car.
Nice and fresh. Clearly a bourbon matured whisky. Sweet barley, vanilla, some cinnamon and peper
Again lots of sweetness, but not as fresh as on the nose. It gets more creamy with cake and vanilla sauce. Lemons and apple.
Remains this combi of creamy sweetness with a bitterness from lemons.
- A nice nose, but unfortunately overall "only" an average good ex-Bourbon barrel whisky.
Very sweet, vanilla nose, subtle oak, caramel, a little bit of grass and only very subtle fruit notes, maybe a little banana ..
Amazingly, at first a little bitter and yet quite strong, before the caramel sweetness and the banana strike again. But in the mouth but overall tarter than in the nose.
Bitterness, caramel and a light mineral finish with a little banana. Pretty short
- Kavalan released more recently two brand new expressions in order to bridge the gap between their core range and their single cask range called “Solist”. Both new expressions, which go by the name of KAVALAN Ex-Bourbon Cask respectively KAVALAN Ex-Sherry Oak, are produced in bigger batches and between four and six years old when bottled.
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