The Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish uses ruby, tawny and vintage Port wine casks to finish the whisky after it’s signature single malt has undergone it’s first stint of aging in American oak casks.
n: paper bag of mixed raisins, dried red fruits and malted vanilla, caramel popcorn balls. Plum jelly on honey graham crackers.
t: over-ripe sweet berries, prune juice, and cinnamon rolls. Nice spice and dry leather in the middle. Sour notes appear from the port but doesn't detract too much, just a hint. Cherry cough syrup and more prune at the end. A lot of different flavours to this that come and go really fast. Oak and plums at the end. Definitely not boring, but a bit scattered.
Red-brown amber color. Wild fruity berry oak, sharp wine, some port overtures and a little funk on the nose. Palate is light, but very port driven. Wish this had a higher abv, because it could use a little more weight. Some residual spice in the back. Overall, nice and fruity. The finish hangs for some time. [1/5/14]