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Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish Single Malt (Taiwan)

Rating
89.00
Price
$113

Where many whisky brands prefer to have you believe they're run by old farmers in overalls rather than by conglomerates, Kavalan is proud to let the more than one-million tourists a year who tour its visitor centre know it's part of King Car Group, a 2,000-employee company that also produces soft drinks, coffee, instant noodles and chewing gum, among other goodies. That's confidence. Aged initially in former bourbon barrels, this was finished for a short period in port casks for a touch of fruit. It's silky and honeyed, with dried apricot and barley notes as well as a pleasant earthy note that, for me, brings to mind camembert rind. Three years ago, a Kavalan whisky beat three Scottish blends in a Burns Night faceoff judged by experts in Scotland. Not bad for an Asian conglomerate.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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