Kavalan is yet another fine example of a new Asian distillery that is coming out with some fantastic single malt. The Kavalan Single Malt is one of their entry level expressions but it sure packs a punch.
The nose highlights the lovely notes of the Oak and Vanilla from the cask in which this spirit was matured in as well some distinct fruity notes.. I'd say more Mango and Papaya is what stood out for me..
The continuity and consistency about this malt was probably what made it so special.. It was like the palate was a continuation of the nose with those juicy Mango flavors along with the Vanilla and a dash of spices. The best part though was how the malt has this rich creamy feel to it in your mouth and boy that felt really nice!
Finally as I mentioned earlier the finish too had its fair share of the Vanilla and the Oak in it.. its like the Cask had given the spirit all it could.. and left the perfect imprint on it.
All in all this one is a thumbs up.. looking forward to tasting more expressions from them..
@rigmorole ... I guess with the growing demands.. limited levels of stock.. high taxation on whisky in Scotland.. NAS is just one of the forms of adaptation for distilleries from this part of the World to survive and possible flourish.. besides as you said when its good whisky no one is complaining..that being said.. I do still believe that there might still some good stuff left with the guys in Scotland its just going to become a lot more expensive for the average consumer to buy.. :)
The trend is on: very young good Asians and fading older Scottish malts that are fast becoming young NA. A good thing? Yes, when it tastes this good, I fear it is. And yet I still mourn the old stuff that will all too soon be no more