Saturday, 7 September 2013

Kavalan Single Malt


Spirit Name:
Spirit Type:

Kavalan Single Malt
Single malt whisky
Score:
81/100 

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ABV:
40% 
Region:
Taiwan 
Body:
Medium-light  
Intensity:
Medium-light  
Texture:
Medium  
Balance:
Good  
Best served:

Neat
Theme(s):
Cocoa, diluted chocolate powder, tinned pineapple and apricot, cantaloupe (rock melon), vapor of rubbing alcohol 
Summary:

Diluted cocoa made with water merges with fruit in syrup notes and a bitter-dry finish dominated by rubbing alcohol and burnt toffee/orange. 

Tasting notes:
Disappointing by Kavalan standards because the Solist range by Kavalan has been such a hit, setting of fireworks on the palate at every turn. The Kavalan single malt is the boring cousin of the Kavalan family. 

Nose: The nose presents with mild chocolate, Nesquick or Milo, in water. Chocolate powder mixed with water can work, but mix it with too much water and it is almost mineral in character with a diluted cocoa smell. Together with that diluted mineral cocoa is caramel and very ripe fruit mixed with cantaloupe (or rock melon) and tinned pineapple in syrup as the grain lifts up to say hello. 

Taste: Mouth-filling, that diluted cocoa glides against the tongue with a syrupy surge of tinned apricots as the pineapple lessens in sweetness. The fruit is moderated by the oak, and the character flickers on the palate.  

Finish: Alcohol and burnt toffee with burnt orange and the vapour of hand sanitiser. 

This is not what I have come to love in Kavalan, but still enjoyable and impressive. It must be hard for the Kavalan Single Malt to complete with its higher ABV cousins in the Kavalan Solist range, but against the general market this whisky stands its ground and offers lovely diverse flavours. 

Likes:
Diverse flavours 
Dislikes:
Light, slightly boring, alcohol notes
Price:
£55 (UK)

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