Using Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage Port wine casks as the main flavour, Kavalan Concertmaster single malt whisky is the first matured in specially selected American oak cask and then finished in port barriques. The marrying in the barriques mellows the flavours and adds indefinable smoothness to the whisky. It is rich bodied with natural sweetness and complexity.
Taiwanese whisky has been a 'thing' for a while now, as the highly-regarded Kavalan whiskies. This single malt whisky utilises Ruby Port, Tawny Port and Vintage Port casks from Portugal to finish whiskies that were initially matured in American oak. Kavalan Concertmaster was named Best in Class at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
King Car distillery is located in Yilan County, Taiwan, and the single malt whisky produced there is named after the indigenous people who originally inhabited this northeastern corner of the island: the Kavalan.
Although the distillery was brought on stream in the past decades, the warm sub-tropical climate means that the whisky effectively matures more quickly and an impressive range of whiskies are available.
Colour: Pleasant brownish red
Nose: Tropical fruitiness with honey, vanilla, coconut and candy floss
Palate: Rich bodied with natural sweetness and complexity