Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Madeira Cask
Madeira Cask
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
German Selection by Schlumberger
de Germany
Added on
07 Apr 2021 5:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.06

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26 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.58 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Madeira bearings / finishes are rather rare, at least that's what it seems to be. And yet, even if I only concentrate on OAs, if I just leaf through the tasting notes so far, I immediately find 15 'Madeiras' in my little book:

    Balvenie 21 Madeira
    BenRiach 15 and 16 Madeira
    Bruichladdich Waves,
    Edradour 1994 SFTC Madeira
    GlenAllachie 30 Madeira,
    GlenDronach 19 Madeira
    Glen Els ???????? Rich Madeira,
    Glengoyne 2006 Madeira finish,
    Glenmorangie Madeira Wood,
    Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured
    Port Charlotte BAR-1 Madeira,
    Springbank 11 Wood Expressions,
    Tyrconnel ???????? 10 Madeira,
    Willowburn ???????? 8 for Maltkanzlei

    Needless to say - I like the combination of whisky and Portuguese fortified wine.

    EYE / NOSE
    Dark amber. The nose - be careful when nosing, keep a safe distance - spoiled with wildberry jam, lemons and fresh waffles. Then it goes in the direction of honey and sultanas. Fine mint notes, ginger bombons and a hint of bittersweet caramel round off the range of flavors.

    The first sip is used solely to acclimate the taste buds. Don't forget, otherwise it would be a shame for a very pleasant taste experience. From the second sip it becomes creamy on the palate, although the warmth and a certain sharpness cannot be denied. Barrel strength stop. Lead wild berries soaked in honey. Nice continuation and at the same time an increase in the aromas from the nose. In addition, freshly ground green pepper and, in the background, a small bunch of dried herbs, such as cloves and bay leaves. I also notice my associations with ginger again. The ginger has changed from candy to chocolate-coated ginger sticks.

    The warm, long-lasting aftertaste with its red apple aromas, freshly sawn wood and sweet biscuit batter is the showpiece of this fine whisky. A really powerful, intense malt, as you know it from Kavalan. And yet, unlike a number of sherry soloists that I have tasted, you cannot deny a certain elegance. Highly recommended, because the quality of the Far Eastern product becomes very clear without the exaggerated 'essence-like' that Kavalan is sometimes held against in sherry ripening would come to light here.

    SLÀINTE from the #Maltkanzlei

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nutty sherry, oak, sweet spices, dark fruits, hint of leather, ok

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Powerful, fruity, not bad
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense, fruity, plums, dried and cooked fruits, little nutmeg, cloves, xmas spice, nuts, hints of solvent, little woody, tobacco - really good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, fruity, spicy, subtle sweetness, cooked fruits, plums, spices, little toffee, chocolate, cooked oranges, cherry
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, more punchy, burning, water recommended, more citric, spicy

  4. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: cherry candy, nutty, spicy, some citrus, sweet pipe tobacco

    Taste Dried fruit, oak, nutty, oily

    Finish long

  5. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    SMELL caramelized brown cane sugar, amarena cherry, lavender, dried fruit, plum, raisin, fig, fresh oak, tobacco, exotic wood notes. TASTE very complex, creamy. Preserved strawberries, dark cherries, covered apple pie, plus spicy notes of paprika, ginger and fresh oak again. In the finish extremely long and warming with preserved fruits, toffee, cinnamon.


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