Review #532 | /r/WorldWhisky Review #15 – Kavalan Cask Strength Loch and Key Pick
The Schtick: This is a cask strength store pick done by Julio’s / Loch and Key in MA. My swapper didn’t really give me any deals past proof and name, but this really can’t be anything but ex-bourbon.
Distiller: Kavalan (Taiwan)
ABV: 57.8% ABV
Nose: Honey, apples, honey dew and melon. Confectioners sugar. Definitely ex-bourbon, if it’s wine finished at all, it’s incredibly light and sweet. Froot Loops. Massively prominent.
Taste: Thick and rich and creamy, lots of fruit here too. Froot loops for days. It’s so outrageously prominent here I can’t ignore it. Lots of confectioners here too. Faint oak, some nice pepper. It’s crazy sweet and fruity, with a hint of wood influence. No new make notes though which is huge.
Finish: Long and hot with tons of apples and cream.
Overall: Overall, I really liked this. This has probably been my favorite Kavalan to date and I think that ex-bourbon suits it the best. Coming from a wine finish obsessor this is sorta big. The froot loops here was undeniably strange but sort of delicious. I wanted to give this a 7 but the finish was just scary hot for the proof. This had potential though. Can’t wait to try this again in a couple years.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
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5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect