KAVALAN Aged 10 Years ARTIST 10TH Anniversary International
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Taiwan, Single Malt – 57.8%, 70cl — Single Cask #00100428008A, Port Cask Limited edition of 179 bottles — LMDW Exclusive
Rare are whiskies that show an age or a vintage. Discovering this version for the first time reveals that port cask maturation works wonderfully with the Kavalan spirit. The sweet character of the Portuguese wine produced on the banks of the Douro river allies perfectly with the power of the new make that leaves the stills of this distillery located in Yilan County. So much so that it is impos- sible to say which has the most influence. Eloquently illustrating this captivating harmony, in the heart of the tasting, the mid-palate expresses the very essence of ex-wine cask maturation.
Deep orangey copper
Refined, precise. Marvellous notes of wood varnish and precious wood immediately mark out the very high quality. Allowed to breathe, it naturally develops into lime blossom, very ripe mango, passion fruit and apricot jam. Gradually, a fine layer of salted butter caramel seasoned with paths of spice (pepper, nutmeg), heady florals (honeysuckle, flowering apple tree) and red fruits (raspberry, red currant) enhance the eminently complex nature of the flavour palette.
Lively, sharp. Equipped with a very pleasant fruity tang (orange zest, pink grapefruit), the attack is also honeyed (rose, heather) and praline. On the mid-palate, malted barley takes centre-stage. With lots of originality, it returns to the purity and clarity of the Kavalan spirit. Superb. At the end of the palate, candied ginger, star anise and dark chocolate punctuate the second stage of the tasting with lots of class.
Long, creamy. Almost sweet, the start of the finish is characterized by notes of juicy melon, guava and hawthorn. Like a very old tawny port that beams with freshness. A sensation of fullness now reigns, rendering the tasting timeless. On the retro-nasal olfaction, grains of malted barley are placed on a mat of freshly cut grass. The empty glass is floral (lily, iris), spicy (cinnamon) and cocoa-scented.