Launch of Taiwanese single malt Kavalan in 2008 sent shock waves through whisky world; there is another brand from Taiwan, which scored several awards within the last three years. Omar single malt is a product of Nantou Distillery, owned by TTL (Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation), which also produces tobacco products, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Nantou was founded in 1978 but started producing malt whisky in 2008 with annual output about 500,000 liters. Malt is shipped from Scotland and distillation takes place between October and April due to extremely hot and humid summers. Such conditions increase angel’s share up to 7% comparing to Scotland’s 1.5% on average. Omar single malt was introduced in 2014, we are not certain about the name, it sounds close to “ómra”, which translates from the Gaelic to “amber”.
Omar Single Malt (Sherry Type) / 46% – aged exclusively in ex-sherry casks, was introduced in 2015 and the following year scored silver medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Nose: good balance between dried fruit and spice, ripe grapes, vanilla, white chocolate, sweet pastries and subtle nutty and peppery notes.
Palate: nutty and fruity, pretty dry, walnuts, almonds, bitter oranges, plums, pine needles, dash of pepper, hints of caramel and coffee.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla and touch of oaky bitterness.
Omar Single Malt (Bourbon Type) / 46% – The Bourbon Type expression won gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in 2015.
Nose: very rich, fruity with delicate floral notes, juicy grapes, coconut, oranges, vanilla, sponge cake, white chocolate, caramel and hints of apple blossom.
Palate: citrusy, oranges, bananas, passion fruit, candied lemon peel, vanilla, honey, touch of marzipan, cinnamon and nicely integrated oaky dryness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, honey, tropical fruit and touch of oak.
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