Believe it or not, this is our second Taiwanese whisky review on Drinkhacker (read about Golden Pure Malt here), but I dare to say you have a better shot of actually finding Kavalan on sale somewhere (especially if you shop duty-free).
A single malt whisky distilled by an outfit called the King Car Distillery and bottled at an indeterminate age, Kavalan is easy on the nose and reminiscent of a solid Speyside single malt, with vanilla, nougat, honey, and fresh bread/malt notes. The body: More of that, moderate on the palate, and easy on the finish. Maybe a little hot.
While totally easydrinking, Kavalan isn’t exactly inspired. There aren’t a lot of secondary characteristics here, just straightforward Scotch-like, rumbling maltiness. It’s hard not to like.
Think I’m crazy? Kavalan is already making some waves, having beat a number of Scotch whiskies in a blind taste test. This is the entry level version; various additional bottlings exist.
Note: Caramel color is added. 80 proof.