The Kavalan Single Malt was my third favorite from the Kavalan tasting event earlier this month and it was a very unique and oddly delicious dram. I say oddly delicious because typically whisky with added caramel isn’t the most pleasant to drink and the chemical taste of the additive sticks out like a sore thumb especially in the aftertaste.
However, with this one it did not. Even though there was some of that chemically plastic element to the whisky, overall it wasn’t too bad and depending on what the Vinho ends up being priced at once the Kavalan’s hit our fair shores I just might end up picking up a bottle because I’m dying to try all of these whiskies again.
If you’ve tried the Kavalan Single Malt add your own review / tasting notes in the comments below. Would love to hear what you have to say about it.
Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Review
Price: $70 – $90 (online)
A deep rich caramel.
This one had some good smoky notes to it that buddied up to some very simple but very pleasant caramel, toffee, and citrus notes. There was a hint of vanilla in there along with some cherry liqueur and old fashioned hard candies. Though the whole thing had this strange artificial / chemical twinge to it. I later found out that caramel flavoring and coloring were added to this whisky.
The smokiness was a lot less prominent on the palate than it was on the nose. The caramel was quite prominent and the toffee was still there, but there were also some chocolate and coffee notes that mixed in well with the soft oak and grain notes there were lazily hanging about in there. That same hint of artificial chemicals was there, but strangely enough it wasn’t completely distracting me from the other flavors.
Very smooth and tame with almost no bite. A little chewy and a like all Kavalans a bit dry.
The fake caramel hangs around for a long time, but there are some silky grain and feint smoky notes that also hang around for a bit to keep you from getting bored.
SCORE: 8X/100 – Didn’t get to spend enough time with it to feel confident about a score, but would place it in the mid 80s
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