KAVALAN Vinho Barrique

Taiwanese Single Malt – 57.1%, 70cl
Single Cask #W120302074A – Wine Cask
Limited Edition of 170 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In Kavalan’s warehouses temperatures frequently reach as high as 40°C, which partly explains the considerable angel’s share which is seven times that found in Scotland. In addition to this, only the best casks are chosen for maturation. A system for scraping, toasting and charring barrels has even been set up to encourage interaction with the wood. A few years ago, a Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique was named best whisky of the year and created quite a stir. With exceptional complexity and richness, this bottling beautifully masters the art of contrast. Mischievously, it takes a wicked pleasure in throwing the taster off-balance, taking us along steep and winding paths that feed the palette of flavours and aromas.

Colour: burnt sienna.


creamy and heady. With toasted walnut, salted butter caramel, blackcurrant jam, molasses, prune, varnish, rhubarb, wild bramble, coffee, black tea and stewed apricot… every note adds to a construction that constantly seeks new flavours. These included the mint, bay and eucalyptus leaves that suddenly appear on the aromatic palette.

strong-willed, full-bodied. With a magnificently fibrous texture (liquorice stick), the attack is impressively voluptuous. Heady florals (lily, iris butter, lavender), black berries (blackcurrant, blueberry) and black cherries bring to mind a vintage port in the prime of life. The same sensation is confirmed by the chocolatey flavours that follow. At the end of the palate, juicy, crunchy white peach and William’s pears unexpectedly but wonderfully change the course of the tasting.

long, silky. The start of the finish stands out for its sensual mouthfeel. At this point, a basket filled with white peaches is placed on an antique table. The patina brings notes of precious wood and walnut husk. On the retro-nasal olfaction, greengage plum, damson plum and a hint of stewed blackcurrant add to the fruity register of this extraordinary Kavalan. The empty glass wavers between plantain banana, leather, pine resin and cumin.

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