Kavalan Brandy Oak

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pot Still Miniatures
Brandy Oak Casks
54.0 % Vol.
50 ml
Added on
04 Jul 2016 1:47 pm by Torfding
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 14.90

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Brandy Oak

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.93 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Different bottle shape. Also 5cl but looks like a long test tube with a gray metallic top and red lettering on a clear bottle.

    Disclaimer: Kavalan is an admirable young distillery. I've tried a number of their whiskies but probably the only ones that I have liked are their solist sherry casks. I don't like cask experiments in my whisky in general, so this tasting probably doesn't bode well.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is a good amount of sweetness topped off with a healthy dose of burnt caramel. If I didn't know better, I may say this was a pretty damn good bourbon. However, there is a balance and denseness in the nose that usually don't exist in modern bourbons. Of course, once you know there is Brandy here, you go, ah ha, I knew it!!
    • Taste
      78 78
      Yea, the brandy here makes things a bit interesting. Not all good, by the way. Many off-flavors in fact, but they may have been intended. Of course, brandy doesn't need to be only grape, nor is it just French cognac vs armagnac. It could be distilled spirit from any fruit and from any number of countries. I do detect some bitter grape skin and sweet citrus notes. Also acetone, somewhat astringent, a bit dry. Yea, not the greatest thing in the world. I am a biased purist though, so once I know this was a brandy cask, my whole tasting was a bit clouded. I do wish this was a 3cl instead of a 5cl mini so I can move on to my next dram. Yikes.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Short finish, just like many brandy. Things just die off after the palate.

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Kavalan Brandy Oak is powerful, punchy stuff. Unlike some cask selections, the brandy comes through very strongly here (particularly on the nose). Whilst there is a mass of flavour, there’s not a ton of refinement - the high cask influence (remember that Kavalan’s tends to be around 7 years of age due to the rapid maturation produced by Taiwan’s high temperature and humidity) has given rise to a heap of spicing and astringency which, whilst certainly interesting is frankly a bit over the top for my taste. There’s only so much pepper one person can take. Nevertheless, this is worth trying and the 5cl bottle size lends itself perfectly to doing just that.

    • Nose
      Pronounced and really rather heady (boozy) in places. This starts with the aroma of actual brandy - strongly - did Kavalan actually fully empty these casks before refilling them? Highly spiced stewed apples, reduced sugar-coated plums and brown sugar are joined by some umami flavours – toast, sesame and a touch of soy. Spicing is very prominent indeed and mainly focussed on peppery notes, though there’s some salinity here too. The addition of water adds some orchard pears and peaches in to the mix, as well as shifting the spice selection to include some root ginger.
    • Taste
      The arrival has quite a big impact. It might take you a moment or two to process everything. Very spicy indeed - black pepper and chilli pepper sit alongside a good grind of salt. Apples once more, but now joined by some tropical fruits - mangos and passionfruit. Less overtly brandy-led than on the nose, nevertheless, there’s still some reduced grape influence here. On the back palate, nuttiness and bitter, slightly astringent oak. A few drops of water (it can take quite a lot) softens the fruits, adding some juiciness, but not hugely reduce the spices which are still exceedingly punchy. Hints of ginger are added, along with steeped black tea.
    • Finish
      Generally medium in length, but with bitter spices which occasionally extend for much longer.

  3. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If you like brandies or cognacs or fruity sweet whiskies, this is the whisky for you. If not, it can be a little too sweet. If nothing else, there were some good, freshly filled, casks used to mature this one.
    • Nose
      Maple syrup, rich dried red fruits, raisins in syrup, chocolate cherry cordials, candied orange peel,  and brown sugar with cinnamon
    • Taste
      Oak, raisins, slightly bitter citrus, rich dried fruits, and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Yogurt with black currant jam and a lingering cherry cordial syrup.


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