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