Thursday, 12 September 2013

Kavalan Concertmaster


Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:

Kavalan Concertmaster
Single malt
Score:
83/100 
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ABV:
40%
Region:
Taiwan
Body:
Medium-full
Intensity:
Medium
Texture:
Medium
Balance:
Good
Best served:
Cask:

Neat
Port cask (finished)
Theme(s):
Glazed cherries, vanilla, lemon gelati, white chocolate, mint, wafer, alcohol preserved cherries, prune
Summary:
Mild and slightly bitter with a cherry and prune theme alongside chocolate and a dash of anise seed based alcohol

Tasting notes:
Nose: The aroma of glazed cherries layered over vanilla ice cream takes hold, as the aroma develops into lemon gelati with a slight citrus twang. There is a luscious chocolate that underlies the other character, best described as white chocolate that is partially melted and oozing with sugary caramel-like sweetness. Mild notes of herbs develop too, especially mint, with crisp wafer biscuits.

Taste: The entry is light, mild and slightly bitter. The bitterness is then balanced by sugars from the cask and the lingering chocolate and alcohol preserved cherries remain. The port cask influence is clear, and the cask seemed to be a little over excited because this whisky has port written all over it. The thick fog of port allows only slight flickers of character to shine through, but that is enough! The port is not too sweet, and very enjoyable. 

Finish: The finish is a combination of chocolate and cherry, developing into prune in syrup with a dash of anise seed alcohol and… yes, port!
Likes:
Complex flavours shine on the palate
Dislikes:
The complex flavours are sometimes lost in the port and cask influence
Price:
£53

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