Kavalan is Taiwanese single malt produced and bottled by King Car Kavalan distillery. They started bottling of Kavalan in 2008 and their whiskies have good reputation, which has been growing fast. It also shows in the price tag and availability, which is why I’m reviewing a sample. My 5 cl sample has been bottled in March 2013. Their previous ex-Bourbon cask releases have won Gold Medal at both, the International Spirits Challenge 2010 and the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011.
Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask is a single cask, cask strength release, and apparently only 3 years old. The reason why they don’t have to mature their whiskies for several years is the climate. Depending on the local temperature and the wood to imbue the spirit with unique character. I have to admit, the young age doesn’t show that much in Kavalan Solist. At least in this bourbon cask matured version. And I guess it doesn’t show in their sherry cask matured Soloists either – because they are well praised too.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – kicking hard with complexity
Wo hu cang long aka Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a movie combining intelligent storytelling with good looking special effects and martial arts. The movie came to my mind while sipping this bourbon cask matured Kavalan Solist. Both are kicking it hard, but with complexity. And doing it good. Kavalan is truly a rare whisky experience – a single malt so young, offering so much character in aromas and taste. Good dram indeed.