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Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak

Overall rating
83.47/100
votes
182
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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182 × member ratings

289 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.47 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 Connoisseur

    • 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.

  11. dontwatchtv scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.

  12. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, cereals, fresh red apple, peach, popcorn, vanilla
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, grain, lime, apple peel, some nut,

  14. stefan_PB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    See nice whisky with good PLV. Something for fans of rather strong, rich whiskys.
    • Nose
      90 90
      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
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong, stone fruit at the beginning, then goes over quickly in strong spicy, a trace of cocoa is audible
    • Finish
      88 88
      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

  15. Moritz scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  16. Moritz scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Solid, slightly one-dimensional whisky. Very barrel-heavy, for his 46% very intense. Average ex-bourbon.
    • Nose
      Reminiscent of a bourbon, lots of vanilla and lots of sweetness. Touch of fresh fruits.
    • Taste
      Quite dry, intensive start despite "only" 46%. Something oak, while subtly sweet. Overall, one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      Short and dry, slightly tingling. Oak becomes a bit more dominant, the sweetness disappears.

  17. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    good! surely not everybody´s taste but from time to time I could enjoy it.
    87/100
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      medium to long

  19. Lorion scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, exotic fruity. Weak point: sharpness on the palate.

  20. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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!

  21. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Cubey666 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during Kavalan Nosing and Tasting session, November 2015
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  25. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. holborndrinker scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  27. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      A medium long and drying finish with aromas of pepper, ginger, chili, cedarwood, grape seeds, green apple, grape skins, tannins and spicy oak.

  29. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  30. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      butter, cream, vanilla, light grass,
      coconut oil
    • Taste
      sweet, cream, vanilla, citrus, white
      pepper, light fruits
    • Finish
      short-medium,
      grass, nuts, spicy, lingering creaminess, peaches

  31. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I'm not a big fan of bourbon cask whiskies, but that being said, I rather liked this one.
    • Nose
      vanilla, eucalyptus, bamboo, straw, citrus, cocos, mint
    • Taste
      honey, vanilla, herbals, wax, warm and oily
    • Finish
      long, warm and smooth

  32. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  33. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Falnor scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Good profile of a bourbon cask. Better than king car.
    • Nose
      Nice and fresh. Clearly a bourbon matured whisky. Sweet barley, vanilla, some cinnamon and peper
    • Taste
      Again lots of sweetness, but not as fresh as on the nose. It gets more creamy with cake and vanilla sauce. Lemons and apple.
    • Finish
      Remains this combi of creamy sweetness with a bitterness from lemons.

  36. pEpp0 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A nice nose, but unfortunately overall "only" an average good ex-Bourbon barrel whisky.
    • Nose
      Very sweet, vanilla nose, subtle oak, caramel, a little bit of grass and only very subtle fruit notes, maybe a little banana ..
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Bitterness, caramel and a light mineral finish with a little banana. Pretty short

  38. Ciro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. Dramlicious scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

    http://dramlicious.com/worldwide-wednesday-episode-12/

  40. Fable scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  41. fradin11 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      65 65

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