Fast forward and we found ourselves in 2019 checking out the “Classic“… here is what we thought…
Kavalan Classic 40%
Nose – Spruce, pine, fresh balsa, sweet with a hint of nuts, very comforting on the nose, loads of fruit
Palate – Had some character, spice, nice and dry, tannic, after some time a sugar syrup
Finish – Finally a proper finish!
Sweet on the nose, spice on the palate… a good entry level to the brand, bottled in 2016. It was opened a few months earlier and you can see from the photo that after our tasting, there wasn’t much left! However we certainly felt we had a good enough impression of a lively tasty dram.
Talk turned to how nice it is to find value for money… This particular bottle was purchased in Germany, however can also be found at The Whisky Exchange for £54.45.
For those curious to check out more Kavalan’s tasted over the years, pop over to the Asian whiskies page.
Much more my style – some of the rich fruity elements yet more subtle than the sherry, a nice spice, dash of nuts, even a puff of smoke
There is little doubt that in many circles Kavalan is indeed ‘King’ of whiskies at the moment. Even better – it remains accessible and even in the more affordable category versus others who have reached such heights.