TAIWAN’S KAVALAN LAUNCHED BORDEAUX CASK WHISKIES TO MARK 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
By Susan Lewis
Taiwanese whisky distillery Kavalan has launched two limited tenth-anniversary special editions called Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux and Kavalan Bordeaux Pauillac.
Both of the whiskies are single malts matured in wine casks previously used to age red wines in the Margaux and Pauillac appellations of Boredaux in France.
Kavalan Master blender, Ian Chang, said that they travelled to Bordeaux and handpicked the finest Bordeaux wine casks from some historic wine estates.
The flavours of the Bordeaux red remaining in the casks and the subtropical climate of Taiwan’s Yilan county, where Kavalan’s cellar situates, gave the whiskies distinctive characteristics.
Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux has notes of caramel, buttery fudge and molasses, as well as creamy vanilla.
Bordeaux Pauillac offers flavours of ripened forest fruits and toffee apple, in addition to cumin, coriander and pepper.
Chang said: “We were intrigued by the distinctive flavours that might be possible from this unique marriage between Kavalan, where we pursue perfection daily, and the prestigious chateaux known for their centuries of excellence.
Bottled at 57.8% alcohol by volume (ABV) at 1,000ml, each edition is encased in a deluxe gift box set with two Glencairn glasses and limited to 3,000 bottles.
Each 1,000ml limited edition gift box set is priced at an RRP of NT$8,800 (USD285). Global releases are scheduled for next year.
(The writer can be contacted at: SusanLewis@thewinechronicle.com)