Kavalan Peaty Cask Small Batch

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This is another dram from our Malt Mongers Israel evening where we tried a range of whiskies bottled exclusively for Le Maison Du Whisky (LMDW) in France. This is a Kavalan from Taiwan which has been matured in casks which previously held heavily peated Islay  whisky.

NAS. 52.4%ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Dusty peat. Tonic water. Dried orange peel. Red fruits. Sawdust. Brown craft glue. Slightly waxy.

Palate: Salty peat. Dry wood. Floral. Slight hints of white grape juice. Woodspice. Sandalwood. Bitter wood on the swallow.

Finish: Long. Woodspice & bitter wood carry through. Slight hint of liquorice. Wood smoke. Smoked fruits.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 1/5

This was very interesting stuff. I’ve tried several peated cask whiskies before and have never felt the peat as pronounced as I did with this one. It adds quite nicely to the Kavalan character resulting in a subtle smoky character. The only downside here is the price.

 

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