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Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish

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@tjbReview by @tjb

12th Feb 2014

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This is my first experience with Taiwanese Whisky. It is finished on Portugese port casks, both Ruby, Tawny and Vintage Port. It has a golden tawny colour but there is no E150 added, it's all natural.

The nose is sweet, rich and fruity. Sticky dates, plums and dark fruits.

The palate offers toffee and is gently warming. There are rich fruits including mango and berries. There is a strong port influence which you would expect.

The finish it short and sweet. It has a freshness and ends with a slightly bitter spiced tang.

It's nice but it's not rounded enough. The idea is good, the execution is not quite there. Worth trying nice but not great.

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4 comments

@hunggar
hunggar commented

You're quite right about this one being nice but "not quite there." Definitely one of the weaker Kavalans. I suggest you try some of their Solist releases. Damn good stuff from a distillery that's less than 10 years old.

5 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

@hunggar Good tip, I will keep my eyes peeled for some of these. I was still fairly impressed but in the UK they are pricey compared to (the much more locally produced) Scotch that is basically on our doorstep.

5 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Yeah, I'd probably feel the same way if I were you. I've seen some of the prices premium Kavalans are sold at abroad. I don't want to say they aren't worth it, but why spend so much when you can have 2 or 3 amazing bottles instead of just one. Shame that...

5 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

Revisited this recently, it has done well it get some air to it. Flavours are the same but possible raised itself a point of 2 as it has rounded and mellowed over time.

4 years ago 0

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