Kavalan Distillery

Distillery Select No.1

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 175
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Brand: King Car
Expression: Distillery Select No.1
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: Perfumed and heady. Apricots, bergamot and clove. Overripe pineapple and cedar cigar box. A flinty minerality is joined by a sweet gentian-led florality.
Palate: Medium body. More robust than one might assume from the ABV. The pineapple’s here with concentrated orange juice, turmeric and more of that Suze-like gentian note. The minerality carries over and adds a degree of complexity.
Finish: Fades on Fanta orange (soda).
Comment: Could be mistaken for a Speysider.
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: Dustings of sandalwood, then grated parmesan over pumpkin and pinenut ravioli. Bright, fresh fruit with melon and clementine, some honey and scooped-out fig.
Palate: It’s like a dusty pine box with a little flare of peppermint spice freshness, and dusty honey. There’s a subtle hint of melon and then grass after the rain.
Finish: Short to medium finish. It’s all quiet and then leaves things zesty.
Comment: It certainly takes you on a bit of a road trip, full of twists and turns.
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