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Guest Review: World Whisky – Taiwan

November 11th, 2010

Kavalan single malt, 40%, $65
When the news arrived that a distillery was being built in Taiwan, the whisky world pretty much dismissed it. When Kavalan appeared at a precocious 42 months, it sat up and took notice. Owned by food and beverage conglomerate King Car, Kavalan started producing in 2006 with blender Ian Chang at the helm — and a hotline to consultant Dr. Jim Swan. Taiwan’s tropical climate pushes the maturation cycle along at a ferocious rate, but the key here is its complexity. Maybe it’s auto-suggestion, but I could swear there’s ginseng in here, as well as honeycomb and black cherry pie filling. Fresh and clean, the spirit is rich and accompanied with great wood.  Mature whisky in three years? It’s an accountant’s dream! (Dave Broom)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90

Kavalan Port Cask finish, 40%, $65 (approx)
Here Jim Swan has taken the bold step of double maturing an already quick maturing spirit, but it works. Blueberries and rich oak are to the fore, while Kavalan’s cherry accents act as the link between spirit and Port. Think rosehips and crème de mures. Thick and liquorous. (Dave Broom)

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90

3 Responses to “Guest Review: World Whisky – Taiwan”

  1. Gal Granov says:

    I agree those Kavalans are very well made.

    i’ve just sampled the 4 available expression (including those here). but wait until you taste the single cask strength sherry bomb. it’s amazing.
    the ex-bourbon is also nice at CS. both above 57% and 3 years only.

  2. DavidG says:

    Are thes coming to the US any time soon?

  3. Andre Girard says:

    We tasted the regular edition and this is a very good single malt. Very hard to fin indeed but a must try. A friend of mine bought the regular edition and the concermaster port cask finish at the distillery.

    I think they didn’t sell their whisky outside Taiwan.

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