Review: Kavalan Podium Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Virgin Oak and Re-fill Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Kavalan (Yuanshan, Taiwan)

I haven't been able to find this one in Canada, but it is available readily in other markets, coming in at a bit of a higher price (though not significantly) than the base expresssions. If you want a Kavalan - it's a good place to start.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Candied nuts galore – marzipan and praline – a brilliant and rich nose. Also dried mango, apricot, caramel, vanilla, oak, custard and dried banana. The palate comes through with a good dose of vanilla, very light oak, banana cream pie, plums, coconut, and, about ¾ of the way through the palate, I find brilliant light and fresh sweet creaminess – like vanilla pudding - which I love. The finish has oak, that dried fruit, and still that vanilla pudding. It reminds me of a better, and more refined, version of the standard Kavalan.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low. I like the stuff, but it can be fairly expensive (in my case, around $150-180). The $80 range would be about right for this to shift it to the average category, for me.