Taiwanese Whisky Review: Nantou Omar 2020 Lychee Liqueur Barrel Finish / 54% ABV

Elliott
1 min readAug 27, 2023

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Nantou Omar 2020 Lychee Liqueur Barrel Finish

Nantou Omar 2020 Lychee Liqueur Barrel Finish / 54% ABV

Tasted neat

Nantou Omar offers a cask-strength single malt finished in a Lychee Liqueur barrel. The bottle date here is 2020.10.14 (F), and it is non-chill-filtered. After 3–4 years of aging in ex-bourbon barrels, it’s finished in Lychee Liquer casks for an unspecified length of time.

You can read a little bit more about the Lychee Liqueur Barrel Finish on their official website (archive).

  • Color: russet (1.3)
  • Nose: lychee, vanilla, ethanol, nutmeg, grain whisky, and jasmine flowers
  • Taste: extremely sweet, lychee, dragonfruit; passionfruit bubble tea
  • Finish: short, some oak

This is one-of-a-kind digestif, probably the only one in the world using locally produced ex-Lychee barrels, and it’s sweet, fruity, and inoffensive. But even though it is technically a single malt, it drinks like a dessert cordial. I don’t think I will stock it regularly, but I wonder if it would make a good highball or spritz.

Rating: 6/10

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Elliott

Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade