Kavalan Reviews

KAVALAN Reviews

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Average rating: 8.4/10 (1021 votes)

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Kavalan Sherry Cask (Cask Strength Edition)
Charles,
Very heavily sherried
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
Tomas,
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Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Eric,
one of the worst bottles i've bought from Flaviar.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Ronnie,
A little to much Rye for my taste
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak
Greg,
Really nice sherry bomb. It's a different feel than your usual Macallan or Glenfarclas sherry notes but the men at Kavalan delivered an extremely tasty and great whiskey here. Very good value in my opinion!
Kavalan Distillery Select
Bernardo,
Very easy to drink, smooth
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique
Richard,
This is currently my favorite whisky. Very strong vanilla notes and flavor. There is more to the flavor than vanilla, its very complex and I can't pick out all the individual components. I can say that I very much enjoy the mix of flavors. It's very unique and I haven't had anything else like it. It's quite smooth for a cask strength whisky. Be sure to have a glass of water before tasting or in between sips, it is very dry. The dryness is my only complaint.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Justin,
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.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Antti,
It is an outstanding, elegant, Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a full & creamy life leads to a zesty death of medium length with notes of of allspice, pear skin, mango, meat & more vanilla.
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
guest,
Raisin and fig deep brown. Light body and medium body. Balanced with honeycomb and treacle. Very little smoke and peat
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak
Troy,
Very smooth. Initial nose was sweet cherries that eased into plum. It started as dark cherries on the tongue with a hint of barley melting away into a nice slow burn. I swear I detected a very faint hint of peat after I had swallowed. The sherry aging is very noticeable, but I like that. There a hints of sweet maple here and there, but nothing overwhelming to me. If you like peaty things, this is not the whisky for you. But if you enjoy a smooth and deep dram, I think this is very nice.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Michael,
Odd sour taste on the finish
Kavalan Solist Port Cask
guest,
i thought it tasted fun like sweet and fruity but dad thinks it’s bad like maybe gone bad or something - from Li Zong’s house
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Thomas,
Well-balanced and complex, fruity, oaky, moderately spicy, just the right amount of sweetness and a surprisingly long finish, overall a very enjoyable whisky.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Anna,
Lovely and complex port flavour. Nose: vanilla, brown sugar, tobacco, Palate: Ripe plums, more brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, Finish: Salted caramel and raisins.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Alex,
Smooth and Smokey
Kavalan Distillery Select
guest,
不错 台湾威士忌
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique 58.6%
John,
Thanks Jim
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak
John,
Smooth all the way through. its predictable all the way through
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask (58.6%) (Tasting Sample)
John,
The sweetness is there. There a bitterness there that throws me off.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Richard,
A bit harsh but good drink
Kavalan Solist Port Cask
John,
Very deep Fruity to me. Nice but does linger a bit.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Monte,
Very smooth, definitely taste the fruit, vanilla and Carmel flavors.
Kavalan Distillery Select
Creston,
Decent but young. Fruit notes for sure just not very complex
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Ajit,
Very smooth. Tastes like port wine with a finish of aged single malt. Floral smells are great too. Not too sweet or dry.
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
Stephen,
I’ve had about 4 bottles of this through the years and it is always consistently excellent. Vanilla and caramel are prominent and if you have it on the rocks the flavor changes drastically as you drink from start to finish.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Sophian,
After several stellar Solist bottles, I was convinced Kavalan is my Asian value-for-money distillery of choice (Japanese whiskies cost too much!). So I seeked out a possible daily go-to from Kavalan. Bought this and was sorely disappointed. Found it weak, lack of flavour, watery and just fell short of all expectations. However, do contextualise that with the fact that the Solist range are all cask strength!
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique 58.6%
Sophian,
Hmmm, this is good, but is it THAT good to win some top accolades? I happen to think so! Dark chocolate, almost rum-raisinesque flavours, viscous and chewy. Alas I have run out, and to acquire a new bottle is dear. Used to cost me about US$100 at most.
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask
Sophian,
As opposed to the Solist Sherry cask, I love this one! Again bourbonny vanilla at cask strength to the fore! Juicy ripe banana-peach. Good amount of oak to balance. Finish is long and semi dry. Killed 3 out of 4 bottles acquired in 2013 (thereabouts). One more bottle to go!
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
Sophian,
This won some stellar international awards. But it tasted too much like mulled wine finished/liquid christmas fuitcake for me. Dry. Baking spices. Cinnamon. Raisins. This may be your thing (like how some of my friends came coming back for more) but just ain't my thing. A good lesson for me in that whisky is a very personal matter.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Roy,
Not much to dislike here. Following a brisk summer evening hill pursuit to my fellow malt consumers abode, the Kavalan went down at a surprising rate of knots alongside a Caithness IPA. Session malt.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Jonathan,
This one is in between a 7 and an 8 for me. I went with 8/10 because its complexity hits really well. At first sense of smell, I thought this was going to be very sweet and not much else. However, once it hit my tongue, its taste transformed to something completely different. I was too distracted the first time tasting it, so I took a second sip and tried to taste the flavors. The floral and oak tastes I think are what first pop and then almost immediately shifts into a sweeter taste with a spicy/zesty finish. I did not particularly pick up on the meat, but perhaps you would be more inclined to pick that up if you were eating it with steak, which I was not. Finish was okay, decently long, but this receives an 8 for me just for the complexity of flavors.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
AJ,
Sweet, smooth start, slight bite at the end. Nondescript smell.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Patrick,
This was very good. Based off of the taster notes I do get lots of floral sweetness and creaminess followed by the oak and a bit of spiciness (though hardly any, this goes down almost too smoothly). Love this dram. Definitely in my top 5.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Jennifer,
Pleasing texture, subtle notes of ____, honey, fruity aftertaste, let it coat and linger, afterfeel and aftertaste are where this one shines, a hot day's whiskey, Definite flavors of coconut.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky (Tasting Sample)
Daniel,
Fruity taste and for a non age statement a different flavor from scotch.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky (Tasting Sample)
Danny,
There are other options.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Brett,
Really smooth. I was impressed and surprised with it. It’s a little sweeter than some other whiskeys but really solid.
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak
guest,
Recommended
Kavalan Distillery Select
Alex,
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.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Brandon,
Not kidding about dry. But only at first. Let it coat your tongue and savor. Then you can taste the fruit and vanilla. Gets smoother with each sip. Enjoy the sweet oaky smell as you drink it. Fun to try whiskey from the East.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Gary,
Seriously smooth. :)
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Mark,
Nice and balanced. You can really taste the port cask finish.
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky
Alex,
Clean and fruity! Excellent for a drink you can just relax with.
Kavalan Solist Port Cask
A,
Too sweet for my liking. Found it closer to bourbon rather than single malt. I would not buy it again.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Kathryn,
Super complex, yet subtle. Very soft nose, super smooth. Perfect for sipping on the back porch.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Kenneth,
My wife says, "Each sip is like a party in my mouth!" Let's hope so! This is a great sipping whiskey for winter nights by the fire. Quite good.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Antti,
It is an outstanding, balanced, Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky with a complex birth, while a rich & dry life, leads to a quick & elegant death.
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Kevin,
Not as smooth as expected from a port cask finished whisky.