Kavalan Distillery Select No.1

Mellow, Sweet Fruity
In 2008, just under 15 years ago, the first bottlings of the Taiwanese distillery appeared and only four years later conquered the world market within a very short time. Rightly so?
Kavalan Distillery Select No.1
Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)


The Whiskys of the Kavalan distillery mature in a subtropical climate. Unlike European or Scottish Whiskys, an intense flavor can be achieved even in much shorter storage time. In principle, Kavalan Whiskys are delivered without age indication. Presumably, this is usually a maximum of 5 years, rather less.


We smell a fresh, soft and fruity Whisky. Aromas of sweet honey, apple, vanilla and cherry are clearly dominant. Ripe and soft mango is also present and we'd have to lie if we didn't say the stuff clearly reminds us of oatmeal pops. Overall pleasant and not intrusive.


What the smell promises, the taste keeps. Notes of caramel and honey are accompanied by a slight bitterness at the edge. The fruitiness of the nose is not as intense again here. Sweet spices and grains can be tasted in the background and perhaps a very marginal note of cinnamon. Ripe banana rounds out the picture.


The finish is medium long. A little dry on the palate, also bitter in the marginal notes. Instead of caramel, we have more brown sugar and a slightly alcoholic undertone.

In golden amber color shimmers the Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 in the glass. (Photo: WHISKY:EDITION)
In golden amber color shimmers the Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 in the glass. (Photo: WHISKY:EDITION)


Lots of sweet, lots of fruit. While the nose was all fruit, the taste was very sweet - perhaps too sweet. A bunch of flavors buzzing around unsorted. If we were in Scotland, you could compare it to a young Whisky from Speyside. Can do if you want to think outside the box.

69/100 - Good

Value for Money: Satisfying

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