WHY: Kavalan’s single barrel expressions, also known as the Solist series due to their virtuoso-like performances, have become the stuff of legend over the years and this single barrel exclusive for Mission is a future legend in the making. Absolutely brimming with toasted coconut, tropical fruit, honey, and creme brûlée, this whisky delivers all the concentrated flavor the Taiwanese distiller has become renowned for with dialed-up intensity at full proof.
HOW: Located in a sub-tropical climate with intense humidity, the conditions under which Kavalan ages its barrel are extremely warm, forcing the whisky into the wood with greater intensity and leading to higher evaporation. The whisky ages more rapidly as a result, leading to mouth-filled whiskies of extreme character. This particular whisky was aged in a single ex-Bourbon barrel, so the American oak flavor is jacked up to 11 in this one: vanilla, candy corn, coconut, and toasted oak. The nose is like dipping your face into a vat of Mexican flan custard.
WHAT: Founded in 2006, King Car Company’s Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan has been breaking the mold of single malt whisky expectations, crafting award-winning whiskies that mature faster and taste better than many of its counterparts, and are often bottled with a ferocity that exceeds the expectations of today’s modern whisky drinker. Exclusive single cask editions of Kavalan have become quite coveted, and often sell out in hours upon release. This whisky was bottled at 58.6% cask strength.