This is the core/original expression from Kavalan. It’s a NAS single malt bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Sour, funky oak with banana bread and walnuts – turns a bit fruity with spiced pears, raisins, and fruit cake.
Palate: Sticky toffee pudding, banana runts, blueberries, cardamom, molasses, and wormwood.
Finish: Sour malt with oats and marshmallow.
Rating: 85/100 – A lot of interesting notes going on and surprisingly complex for being watered down to 40% – quite enjoyable.
Value for the money: These retail around $80 in the US which isn’t too bad for what you get. Personally, I think they fit better around $50-60 given the stiff competition in entry level malts around that price range.