David T. Smith Issue 10 Phoebe Calver Tastings

Kavalan Distillery – Kavalan Gin

Kavalan Distillery

Kavalan Gin

King Car Group

ABV: 40%
Country: Taiwan
Style: Classic 
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
Availability: Worldwide

David T. Smith

Dry and fruity with freshly cut pear and apple along with aromas of butter and dark chocolate.

The texture is smooth to start, followed by a building warmth. Creamy, melted chocolate is joined by oily fennel and anise before notes of rye bread.

A relatively short finish with a hint of floral blackberry eau de vie and gentle warmth.

A perfumed gin with plenty of fruity flavours and a good warmth. It’d work well mixed with fruit juice for a still summer cooler.



Phoebe Calver

A little bit like opening up a bar of Fruit & Nut (the big size obviously). Nutty and almost earthy notes at first before a light reminder of juniper.

We’re back again with the nuts, but it is far smoother than the nose was hinting. Creamy chocolate, with a little honey, or perhaps freshly cooked vanilla cupcakes.

Ah, some dark fruit trying to break through all of that earthy flavour. It’s not around for long.

A breakfast gin – not that I’m suggesting you have it over your cornflakes!



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