Kavalan Single Malt Review

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.

Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Review

This is a NAS malt finished in Tawny port, Ruby port, and Vintage port casks and bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Malt with a slightly smoky side – sweet port adding fig and plum notes with a dollop of honey.

Palate: Quite peppery and spicy up front with red grapes, very young oak and honey.

Finish: Oak is dominant with minerals and bitter fruits.

Rating: 85/100

Value for the money: I paid around $75 which isn’t terrible, but I’d like to see this closer to $50.