Omar Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky

Omar Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


7.8/10
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A Real-deal Single Malt from Taiwan using Scottish barley and American casks.  
 
When it comes to Whisky in Taiwan, Kavalan seems to get all the attention. But TTL — the Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation — has been making waves recently. TTL was founded as a bottler, importer, and reseller back in 1947. In 1978 they opened their first distillery. They produce a wide range of specialty spirits and Wines tailored to the Asian market. But the popularity of Whisky in Taiwan has skyrocketed and the folks just can’t get enough of it, so in 2008 they released their own single malt Whisky under their Omar and Jade Supremacy brands — to rave reviews. 
 
For the Omar line, they import malted barley from the same sources in Scotland used by the big names in the business (and that’s all they are allowed to say on the matter due to non-disclosure agreements). The grain is fermented and distilled in their newest distillery — Nantou. So far all of the Omar Whiskies have been aged in imported, reused casks. We are talking about their Bourbon cask offering here, and the casks are sourced directly from Kentucky. There is no age statement (NAS), but the near tropical climate in Taiwan means that Whisky ages quickly. To our palate it tastes like a five to seven year old, but is likely three to five. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Nantou
  • Country
    Taiwan, Taiwan
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    Bourbon cask

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toffee
chocolate
honey
citrus zest
cinnamon
banana
sugar
zesty
spicy
What does Omar Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium amber.
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
A mix of citrus zest, creamy toffee, and a hint of cinnamon crumble.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Heath bar (toffee and chocolate) and bananas foster.
 
Finish
Honey granola.
Ratings & Reviews
Stephanie
Stephanie,
Rye like smell and taste. Nice after finish burn. Pleasantly surprised by this one!
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, balanced, Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky that has a spicy birth; while a rich life leads to a tropical death with notes of honey granola & dried tropical fruits.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Drinks like a moderately well aged scotch, but lacks significant flavor profile. Sweet, then stays fruity with a little spice at the end. Not too complex. Still, better than a kick in the pants
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy but smooth, caramel, honey, tobacco, sweetness. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was excellent to sip on the rocks.
 
Gašper
Gašper,
Kinda burns in the mouth(good burn)
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Very smooth, with a mild finish. The primary flavors aren’t overwhelming, which makes it nice all around.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Caramel on the nose. Caramel and spice on the taste. Not much there otherwise. Not necessarily bad, just nothing spectacular.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Really good
 
Todd
Todd,
Nothing special.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is amber. Nose is bright, with malt and floral essence leading, followed by fruity notes. First sip is mildly spicy, with malty notes and subtle fruit also contributing. Further sips show flashes of caramel and earthy notes, but the malt and spice dominate most of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is smooth, though a little drying. Finish is a continuation of the spice. Overall, nothing special, especially at the price point.
 
Liz
Liz,
sweet at the front but then gets some interesting tropical notes towards the tail end.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Youthful bite
 
John
John,
I like where this flavor profile goes. Sweet and rides high then trails off.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Nice flavor and smooth finish
 
Angela
Angela,
A little sweet, but overall just average
 
Matt
Matt,
Super smooth and flavorful. Just a little too thick and sweet up front, otherwise this would be a 10.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Surprised me. I do not particularly like citrus or strong fruit flavor in my whisky. Smells of banana and citrus. Tastes of spicy tropical fruits.
 
Chris
Chris,
Great example of what is coming out of Taiwan these days. I would call it a good everyday pour. Decently complex and I have enjoyed it more and more each time a visit it. Has a nice white pepper spice on the finish.
 
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