Kavalan Distillery Select No. 1
Kavalan // Taiwan
This release from Kavalan is the first single malt from the brand to be created for mixing cocktails. This series called Distillery Select Series was crafted by master blender, Ian Chang. The whisky is matured "in select malt neutral casks" to showcase the characteristics of the Taiwanese climate without too much wood influence. Bottled at 86 proof, it is available in the US beginning September 2018.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Type"select malt neutral casks"
"Honey-covered apples kick off the nose, with dried apricots and a range of tropical fruits including papaya and mango, all backed up by butterscotch. Dried fruits and walnuts show on the palate, with clover honey, bitter Baker's chocolate, and creamy toffee. More dried fruits on a short finish with flamed orange peel, oak, and spice. Big and robust despite the, for Kavalan, modest price and proof, as well as its "for cocktails" designation."