T For Taiwanese Whisky

World Whisky Day is fast approaching on Saturday the 19th May 2018.

As part of the build up I’m featuring a series of blogs – both old and new – over the next month focusing on a country from each letter of the alphabet – if possible – that makes whisky.

Today is T for Taiwan.

I did really want to go for Turkish Whisky – or viski as it’s known.

Turkish Whisky
Ankara Malt Viski c/oviskigurme

Despite having a great back story & good reviews here – I usually prefer commenting on something I’ve actually tasted.

So Taiwan it is!

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Tiawan’s finest c/othewhiskeynut

I had the pleasure of tasting a trio of Kavalan Whisky products at the excellent Whisky Birmingham show. It’s part of the reason I go to whiskey shows. To sample & taste hard to find or unusual whiskies before purchasing a bottle – or not as the case may be!

The Kavalan Single Malt Port Cask hit the spot for me.

Port finish is a style I usually enjoy. It’s generally a bit heavier in the mouth. Soft, rounded, dark fruits & sometimes a lovely dry & prickly finish which I like.

I’d probably buy this one – if I didn’t already have an overflowing cupboard of opened whiskey bottles! It set my island on fire – to intro a Taiwanese rock outfit!

The Kavalan Podium & King Car Single Malts I found too sweet for my liking.

These are all relatively young malts.

The angel’s are greedy in the warm climate. 15 to18% per year is not unusual. How this rapid maturation affects the taste I don’t know – but Kavalan seems to have won many admirers.

On the strength of my experiences I’d be willing to explore more of their offerings.


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