Kavalan tasting at Dr. Jekyll’s Pub

Bernhard Schäfer and myself.

Last Monday I attended a Kavalan tasting at Dr. Jekyll’s Pub in Oslo.

Kavalan whisky is produced at King Car Distillery in Taiwan. Brand ambassador Bernhard Schäfer took us through five Kavalans:

  • Kavalan Single Malt 40 ABV
    • Mostly bourbon casks.
    • Added colour.
    • Available in Norway at NOK 799.
    • A smooth and easy drinking whisky.
    • My score: nose 20 / taste 20 / finish 20 / balance 20 = 80
  • Kavalan Concertmaster 40 ABV
    • Mostly bourbon casks.
    • Finished approximately six months in port barrique; Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage Port wine casks.
    • No colour added.
    • Available in Norway at NOK 699.
    • In my opinion the port finish was not fully integrated, especially on the palate.
    • My score: nose 20 / taste 19 / finish 19 / balance 20 = 78
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask 58,6 ABV
    • Bourbon cask #B1008x5027A, bottle 182 of 192.
    • Bottled 2015-06-16.
    • No colour added and no chill filtration.
    • Available in Norway at NOK 1473,70.
    • Lovely! Amazing! Rich, complex and delicate.
    • My score: nose 24 / taste 24 / finish 23 / balance 24 = 95
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask 58,6 ABV
    • The cask is a mix of different wine casks, both red and white. They rebuild the casks and uses staves from different wine casks.
    • Cask #W120217063A (I think…my picture is a bit blurry).
    • Bottled in 2015.
    • Available in Norway at NOK 1395.
    • Suprisingly meaty! Almost like a Kilchoman without the peat.
    • My score: nose 22 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 87
  • Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask 57,1 ABV
    • Sherry cask #S100303011A, bottle 389 of 518.
    • Distilled 2010-03-03, bottled 2015.
    • No colour added and no chill filtration.
    • Available in Norway at NOK 1699,90.
    • A nice whisky. Just a bit too dry to get a higher score in my book.
    • My score: nose 21 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 85

This was a very interesting tasting! I am looking forward to tasting more Kavalan for sure.

Kavalan_tasting

– Tone

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