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Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish

A store-bought dessert.

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

26th Feb 2013

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This is the second standard bottling from Taiwan's Kavalan distillery. It's matured in American oak casks and finished in port casks. Thanks to the port influence, it doesn't need the e150 additive and has a lovely natural reddish brown hue. It's not as refreshing as the "Single Malt," but it's a little bit more bodied and intensely sweet. If the original is a light presentation, this would be the dessert presentation.

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, burnt honey, cacao, nuts, and ripe red fruits. Other online reviews claim this is a 'tropical' dram. It's got some exotic light fruitiness to it, but less so than the original single malt. The port notes shine through and offer a grapey, winey appeal.

Palate: Creamy. Smooth. Loads of caramel and robust, luscious, warming sweetness. Plums. Lyle's Golden Syrup. Apples. Gooseberries? Grapes, but not as much port notes as the nose suggests. In the finish we get a hint of oaky bitterness and unsweetened cinnamon. A bit short lived.

The port barrels truly set it apart from it's less intense brother, the single malt. It's not as bodied as the lovely notes on the nose suggest. I feel more maturity is needed to let these lovely Christmassy, desserty flavours linger and dance on the palate. In my experience, wine and sherry wood finishes seem to work best when coupled with a more matured, sturdy, confident, and bodied foundation. The port flavours offered by the cask seem to be of wonderful quality, so if given a few more years to mature, this could be stellar. Also, I feel this should be bottled at at least 46% for the added kick.

Being a dessert dram, I might equate this whisky to a store-bought dessert. It's flavourful and sweet, but it doesn't have the warmth, complexity, and distinctive character and that you get with a Mom's home-made apple pie or Christmas cake.

But, hey, I'm still gonna eat it!

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6 comments

@hunggar
hunggar commented

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7 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Apparently Chinese doesn't work on this website. Okay, I'll write it in English.

Suggestion to the distiller: This whiakey has an absolutely beautiful, natural colour. You should use a transparent bottling for this release.

7 years ago 0

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

lol! Yeah I discovered that this site won't accept Japanese either! I have a couple of Japanese buddies on this site and ended up sending a rather long message of ????????????????????????????????????????

7 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Lol, weird. I guess it kind of makes sense. It's an open forum. We might as well write in English so that everyone can understand.

7 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I've had Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask a couple of times. There is something about this one which has never quite worked for me. I like it probably least of all of the Kavalan products I have sampled. It is drinkable, but I would never buy a bottle of it.

5 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

@Victor: I can appreciate that. If my score is any indication, this is no epic whisky. For me, it has its charms. But my appreciation for this also stems from the price. Unlike the astronomical prices Kavalan fetches abroad, this whisky is quite cheap here. In fact, it's almost in the realm of budget whisky. In that context alone, it's not bad. But I shudder to think what they're asking for it in other parts of the world.

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