Concertmaster Port Cask Finish

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 181
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Brand: Kavalan, King Car
Expression: Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
Type: Taiwan Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Taiwan
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Potpourri, dried ginger and strawberry wine. Tree bark, blackberry jam and violin rosin. Rather festive: candied orange, clove and cinnamon sticks. Wholemeal flour, instant coffee and creamer.
Palate: Light bodied. The festive orange and spices are back, with baked red apples and pears, sugared pecans and pastry twists.
Finish: Medium. Nutty, with more of those festive spices.
Comment: The nose is complex, but the palate is less so. Nevertheless, this is a pleasing and well-made dram.
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: An intriguing mixture of sweet and spice, with vanilla custard, clove and cigar box kick.
Palate: Sweetens up with chocolate chip cookies, baking spices and peppery warmth. There’s some sherried raisin in there and oaky heat, too.
Finish: The finish brings back that cigar box hint, with a touch of dried fruit sweetness.
Comment: An interesting interplay between the earthy and the sweet. Certainly one to revisit.
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