International Whisky - Single Malt

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky

From: Taiwan Liquor Review Category: Single Malt International Whisky

Bottle/Rating Data

  • Proof66 Rating : 629 / 8632Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
    Rabble Rating : 4.5 / 5.0
    Producer and Owner: King Car Distillery
    ABV: 40.0% Proof: 80.0
    Price (USD) : $100
    Age: N/A

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90th Percentile
This score falls in the 90th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2016

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Proof66 Notes

Kavalan Concertmaster whisky is a single-malt whisky that is finished in Portuguese port casks. These flavors of Taiwanese whisky and Portuguese wine are said to make a "harmonic symphony."

Kavalan Distillery was founded in 2005 by Tien-Tsai Lee on a self-proclaimed rash idea of taking Scottish methods of making whisky and importing that expertise to Taiwan for a wholly-owned Taiwanese distillery.

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Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 1 review.
Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-01-01)
Took a chance and splurged on this one. I figured it would be a safe leap given my affinity for anything finished in port barrels. This stuff is pretty amazing considering it's youth (the distillery just opened in 2008). I get mango, pear, nutmeg, and sawdust(?) in the aroma. It has an incredible nose. Palate has lots of spice and oak, mangos again, and a little grainy sweetness. The spice lingers on the finish, then slowly fades away. The malt is actually pretty similar to the Bushmills 16 year. I really like it, and it could have been a 5 star bottle, but the price is just too high in my opinion.
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  • - Irishman up voted your review on 2015-01-01.

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Review Comments
Irishman (2015-01-01):
I haven't had the opportunity to try this one yet, but Kavalan appears to make some really good stuff. Just wish it wasn't so expensive. Some of the port finished whiskeys can take on too much sweetness, but apparently this one was pretty balanced?

Muncher (2015-01-01):
Not too sweet at all. The sweetness is subtle. Since you reviewed the Bushmills 16 positively I would imagine you'd like this one...Except for the price!

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