Something Different… for most of you.

When selecting spirits for the 2021 Spirited Holiday Countdown Calendar(s), the idea is to offer you something that elicits some sort of reaction. Ether it’s something you’ve had before and enjoy the revisit. Or it’s something you’ve never had before, and you are enjoying the expanding of your horizons. I think today’s offering is likely the ladder, for the majority of you. Please let me know what you think!

Kavalan Classic Malt

Taiwanese whisky. Can I get a show of hands from who has tried this one? Pretty sure that is probably three of you. That being said, I believe you are in for a treat. First a little about Kavalan.

From the Kavalan Website: Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known. See more about Kavalan on their website: About Kavalan Story | Kavalan Whisky

  • Glass: Glencairn AND Double Old Fashioned
  • Temperature: Room Temperature
  • Other Preparation: None
  • VIP Price at JJ’s – $75.99/bottle
  • Available – Yes, with more expressions coming

Tom’s Tasting Note: When tasting whiskies of all kinds, it is necessary to find the right vessel for the right whiskey. For instance, when I “taste” bourbon, I prefer a Glencairn. However, when I “drink” bourbon, I prefer a Double Old-Fashioned glass and a large ice cube.

When I taste Scotch, I also like a Glencairn, and when I drink Scotch, the same glass will do just fine, as I rarely ever ice scotch. But that’s just me. With Kavalan, I found it remarkable to drink neat in a Double Old-Fashioned glass. The savory flavor you get from this whisky is more pronounced in a Glencairn. That being said, I encourage you to try your sample in both, and see what you think. I get a degree of tropical fruits in the flavor of this whisky with complex notes of vanilla and coconut. When I taste this whisky from a Double Old-fashioned glass, I get a little bit more of that sweetness and fruit forward character. Notes of nuttiness and chocolate almost disappearing. It really is a tale of two whiskies, in the two different glasses.