Kavalan Podium Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky (700ml)
Created from whiskies matured in brand new American oak as well as refill casks.
Tasting note: Bright amber / brass appearance. A little underwhelming in the initial pass with toasted marshmallow followed by hints of white pepper and a muted maltiness. Expands with further air contact as oatmeal biscuit and stone fruits are added to the mix. A concentrated and peppery delivery offers biscuity malt flavours over background fruitiness. Finishes with fruit chocolate and mildly tingly spirit that skews the balance slightly, followed by cocoa and attractive stewed pear notes lingering. Shows excellent freshness. 46% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of grilled fruits, toffee and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nutty, honeyed raisin toast, peppery spice, and mineral finish. A vibrant, fruit driven whisky that will please whisky novices and connoisseurs alike.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
93 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.com
90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Dominic Roskrow (Summer 2013)