Tasting Notes For Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak
Nose: Clean and fresh tropical fruitiness with pleasant vanilla, coconut and spices.
Taste: Soft, well-balanced natural sweetness, with creamy barley vanilla, coconut and oak spices.
Finish: Tropical fruitiness with lingering vanilla, coconut and spices.
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak is a delightfully complex, multi-dimensional single malt whisky, with vanilla, fruit and coconut highlights. Matured in hand-selected fresh American ex-Bourbon casks, the whisky is brought down to 46% with Kavalan spring water to give an incredibly smooth taste with a soft sweetness, losing the harshness of the alcohol's edge which can be present in the higher strength Solist version. It has a clean and fresh tropical fruitiness with lingering vanilla, coconut and spices.
Every bottle of Kavalan is double distilled and aged in one of Kavalan’s two maturation warehouses, each 5 storeys high, where it is left to mature in the tropical heat of Taiwan’s East Coast until the whiskies are judged by the master blender to be at their peak perfection.
World Whiskies Awards: Gold Medal - 2019
World Whiskey Masters: Gold Medal - 2018, 2019
Gold Medal at the International Spirit Challenge 2017
Gold Medal at the International Spirit Challenge 2016
Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known.
Kavalan takes Yilan County's old name. A land of blessings, it was here that entrepreneur Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee dreamed of a new whisky homeland and a ‘century-old’ distillery to last generations.
Mr. T.T. Lee’s ambition to create Taiwan’s first whisky took him across the old world to the sacred distilleries of Scotland and Japan. He knew to compete, Taiwan must be world-class, and this tested every sinew of his resolve.
Kavalan brings together a highly skilled R&D team which takes on the legacy of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan. It is backed by King Car Group and its more than 40 years of beverage experience and knowledge.
Producer King Car Distillery Style Single Malt Age No Age Statement Volume 70CL ABV 46%