Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Oloroso Sherry Cask
Calculated age
10 years old
Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Year of the Golden Pig
Added on
29 Jan 2019 9:01 am by Dram Dracula
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.33 points

  1. dullboy scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Amazing natural copper amber hue. Easily looks like 20+ year Scotch. No legs to speak of though.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Packs a good punch at 59.4%, but not as fiery as some other cask strength bottles. Can be sniffed as such without diluting. It’s all those lovely sherry notes of marzipan and blood orange marmalade, but carried with dark, deep, roasted coffee grounds. That’s contrasted with a very sweet burnt caramel. Hints of ageing with walnuts and old wood. Very impressed with the ageing and depth.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Had to add a few drops of water to tame the fire. Burnt caramel, orange zest, clove and cinnamon are all very prominent. It’s not sweet as the nose suggests. This is spicy, fruity, and very deep.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Mint chocolate and cinnamon for ages.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    10 yo Kavalan oloroso cask specially bottled for the Chinese New Year 2019 (Year of the Pig). What can go wrong?
    • Nose
      Well, nothing from the smell of it. Very dark, coffee grounds, bitter dark chocolates, bitter cherries, but also perhaps something more tart and sweet like black plums and black forest cake. Christmas cake. Mint and menthol. There's something else there that I rarely find in Kavalan sherry... I keep on nosing it and nosing it... and then there it is, something burnt... like burnt wood but filtered. Elegant smoke, if I may.
    • Taste
      The dark dryness of the oloroso sherry shines through. The coffee grounds and dark chocolates are here, but then there is also a strong winey component that I adore in sherried casks. Yes, a somewhat dry entry initially though which may change with a bit of water. Let's see... with water, less dry, but also disproportionately thinner. So maybe just add a couple of drops at most.
    • Finish
      Good length. Nothing to detracts from the overall score. A very well done Kavalan. A bit more than 90 points, but let's keep at that for now.


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