Kavalan King Car Conductor Whisky
|Style||Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky|
1 Customer Review(s)
RatingKing Car Single Malt Whisky - Conductor / 46%
I believe that this is the whisky of choice for Mr TT Lee, Chairman of King Car Group. It has been created to reflect many aspects of what the company stand for, and to present the drinker with a poetic reflection of Taiwan in its taste profile.
I think many people have overlooked this whisky, instead concentrating on the mighty Solists (which are quite rightly, fantastic)
However, this 'Conductor' deserves a huge mention and some time. I would say some time on the podium, but that will just confuse the hell out of people who know the range ;-)
Appearance: Amber with lazy oily legs
Nose: Tropical fruit and raisins. Vanilla custard, sweet toffee and floral notes. (how do Kavalan get this lovely floral element in? It's beautiful) New leather shoes.
Palate: A geared-sweetness. By this I mean the sweetness that you taste at first is quite subtle, but then it increases in complexity and strength. Once the sweetness peaks, it gives way to a well balanced and calm & dry bitterness. Now the fruit element comes in with banana, pear drops, rhubarb and fragrant tropical notes. A very tame and gentle chilli-tingle wake the mouth up and then subside. It's absolutely spot on.
Finish: Medium-long. Spiced vanilla stays in the mouth, and fades to a light bitter dryness. The mouth demands a repeat performance.
Conclusion: For me, this is the epitome of the stalwart. It sits in the shadow of many other whiskies in the range, but sits there with absolute confidence without jumping up and down, because it knows it's damn good. I could (and will) put this at the front row for drinking on a regular basis. It ticks all sorts of boxes. Even opening the box to get the bottle out was an exciting and tactile experience. It was like opening up a Christmas present.
Under £60 a bottle? For the experience you get, this is absolutely brilliant. Buy one and see for yourself.
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