Review #532. Kavalan Cask Strength Loch and Key

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)

Bottler: Kavalan

ABV: 57.8% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


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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Rank: 6

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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

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


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