Native Species 'Leopard Cat' Limited Edition Gift Set
Kavalan's Taiwanese Native Species Limited Edition Gift Sets comprise three sets inspired by the country’s local animals, including the Formosan Leopard Cat, Mikado Pheasant, and Sika Deer. The animals represent symbols of hope and prosperity, and each set celebrates the richness of Taiwan’s natural beauty and biodiversity. The gift packs have been designed by Taiwanese artist Sandy Liu.
To mature their multi-award winning Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique expression, it is fully matured in American oak wine barrels that have been toasted and re-charred in a way that brings out fruity vanilla notes from the whisky and wood overlaid on a delicate background of complex fruitiness before being re-toasted. The whisky is fully matured in these casks to help their Taiwanese single malt develop a bold, expressive flavour profile brimming with berry, plum and caramelised sugar notes.
This is a limited release gift set of Kavalan single malt whisky celebrating the native species of Taiwan. The Formosan Leopard Cat has cloud-like markings on its fur and is distinctive for its tail, which is shorter than that of other leopard cats. It is depicted with the Taiwan Barbet, three butterflies with auspicious symbolism, the Butterfly Orchid representing happiness and success, and the Tree Peony, a symbol of wealth.
Winner of the 2015 World Whisky Awards – Whisky of The Year
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: A rich fusion of vanilla and caramelised sugars with dark chocolate on top. Ripe melon and mango together with kiwi and a delicate blend of citrus fruits burst. Pepper is also present in the background waiting to be noticed.
Palate: Caramel, marzipan, coffee-vanilla, fudge, rich, creamy, dried black fruits. Integrated and surprisingly light. Element of sandalwood.
This limited release gift set also includes a 50ml sample of their 'Wine Oak' single malt bottled at 54%.
700ml | 55.6%abv | Taiwan