Kavalan Distillery Select

Kavalan Distillery Select

(0.75l, 40%)

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A soft-spoken, pure Single Malt spirit from an exceptional Taiwanese maker.
If you have not heard of Kavalan yet, get ready for us to blow your Whisky-loving mind. That’s because Kavalan Distillery is located on the island of… Taiwan. And this relative newcomer to the pantheon of Single Malt deities is kicking serious Single Malt butt — winning awards and beating some of the most famous Whiskies in blind taste tests. Even Jim Murray himself has become a fan. Kavalan was founded in 2005 by Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee and is now owned by Taiwan’s King Car Group. They have developed a range of eighteen Single Malt offerings.
Kavalan Distillery Select is a new offering from Kavalan — launched in November of 2018. The motivation was to create an approachable, softer spirit that would stand up when sipped neat while also being ideal for craft cocktails — all at an exceptional price point. They were successful on all accounts. The softness comes from using refill casks, so the character of their signature style is fully maintained with gentle notes of vanilla with floral aromas while allowing the natural fruitiness of the core spirit shine out at 43% ABV.
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“Kavalan” is the name of an ancient indigenous people that inhabited the Yilan province of Taiwan — speaking to the native character of the Whiskies.

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

ripe fruit
dark chocolate
burnt caramel
What does Kavalan Distillery Select taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Kavalan Distillery Select and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma of light florals and tropical fruits stand out with mango, banana, and Tahitian vanilla.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is lightly sweet and delicate with flavors of English toffee, ripe fruit, lilacs, and honey.
Smooth and soft, but lingering
Ratings & Reviews
One of the worst things I've ever tasted. I almost got thrown out of Thanksgiving dinner for bringing it. Instead I went back to the liquor store and got a really good whiskey, one that is worth the money like anything Nikka. Heck, JD or Evan Williams is better at a 3rd of the cost. Don't waste your time or money on this stick with the Japanese distillers.
Odd sour taste on the finish
Smooth and Smokey
不错 台湾威士忌
A bit harsh but good drink
Very smooth, definitely taste the fruit, vanilla and Carmel flavors.
Decent but young. Fruit notes for sure just not very complex
Definitely from the same profile as the Classic Single Malt, but less refined. For the price difference I say their Classic is the way to go, but I look forward to sipping this and trying it in some whisky forward cocktails.
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