Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fino Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 feb 2013 11:29 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.00

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46 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kavalan Solist

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.09 points.

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, super-saturated in all components, deep, complex, spouting shades and undertones, peppy, active, perfectly balanced whisky, without a single flaw.
    • Nose
      Open, moist, rich, spicy noble wood, old furniture, furniture varnish, fruit shades, dried fruits - raisins, dried apricots, prunes; rotten foliage, herbarium, putrid tones, a little sulfur, mineral fertilizers, burnt sparklers, leather goods, hookah fruit tobacco, daikon, minerality increases - drying plaster, grindstone; burnt match heads.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, vigorous mineral-industrial tones and strong peppery overtones, softened by creamy-fruity sweet notes, furniture varnish, polish, tropical fruits, hookah tobacco, earthy notes, pu-erh, fallen leaves, herbarium, roasted nuts, cappuccino, burnt jam, burnt caramel, nougat, baklava, sulfur motifs, mineral fertilizers, homemade apple marshmallows, leather goods.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, continuation of taste, leather goods, furniture lacquer, spicy woods, tropical fruits, creamy undertones, minerality and sulfur subside, tobacco leaf, marshmallow, raisins, metallic sourness.

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  3. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A hammer part. I can understand why Jim Murray honored him in 2012. A typical high-intensity representative of the Solist series. Now I know again why the sherry and port bottlings tasted so good to me back then. The flavors are brought to the nose and tongue with such force and intensity that it is a delight. If you are interested in such an intense experience and have the wherewithal, you can access it here without hesitation.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Heavy plumes full of sweetness, full of the scent of raisins, immediately rise from the premium snifter glass. It's like sticking your nose in a full glass of raisins in sugar syrup. Cool. Then a slight After Eight effect, a mint note with chocolate influence. The alcohol shows up again and again with a slight tingling in the nose, but it is by no means disturbing. There are ripe dates covered with dark chocolate. Everything is very difficult and intense. There are also figs, both ripe and dried, and plum jam. With a few minutes in the glass, toasted hazelnuts, almonds, some leather and furniture polish join the sweet aromas of dark fruit and chocolate. Interestingly, there is now also a fruity, tart note - like gooseberries, orange and kumquat's.
      With a few drops of water it goes more in the spicy direction and it seems like the alcohol is more prominent, it stings the nose more. The leather and tobacco aromas may come out a little more, but it loses a lot of sweetness and the beautiful fruit.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The Fino Solist glides onto the tongue like a viscous, sweet syrup. The mouthfeel is very soft, almost buttery creamy. Despite a slight astringency due to the high alcohol content, the malt is drinkable undiluted. The taste is less dominated by the fruity aromas than the smell. Dark fruits like the plums and dates and the slightly tart orange are of course present, but it quickly becomes more chocolate-heavy. Nice dark high-quality chocolate pieces with roasted nuts and a good portion of rum raisins. The aged leather and furniture polish are reinforced with dried tobacco leaves.
      In the mouth the malt does not change to its detriment with water. It might be a bit rounder and it stays fruitier.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A very aromatic, slightly bitter oak spice shows you towards the end. Along with the leather and the raisins. The finish is very solid and surprisingly long.

  4. Artus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Salty, dry, maritime Fino character to the max. Salted potato chips fried in oil, sesame, fennel and celery, a bit of gooseberry and kiwi.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Acidic and spicy, with kiwi and papaya seeds, blood orange juice, white pepper, and again a boatload of salty/savory/umami impressions.
      Certainly very fun and intense, but I find it too one-dimensional for a higher score.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Hot and simple.
      Maturation may be quicker in Southeast Asia, but the finish can't hide the fact that this is only six years old and simply cannot compete with a similarly priced but considerably older Scotch.

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I bought bottle no. 526 for 225 Euro in June, 2015.  A lot of people prefer oloroso sherry as it is usually much more powerful and significantly sweeter but I like the fino editions better because of their delicate and sublime profiles.

    This is another great example.  A very complex and fascinating aromas profile is created by this superb fino sherry cask that continues all through the palate right into the very, very long finish.  It is easy to drink with its strong abv of 57% but some water releases even more nice flavours and smoothes the dram.  It seems as if Kavalan has an excellent cask management and the tropical temperatures in their warehouses speed up not just evaporation but maturation too.  An interesting experience to try this one...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. Longmorn66 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The key word e is "melted" for both ar O my them for alcohol (surprising for such a young age â). To u s e r not Scottish but it has nothing to envy its European cousins ed ens (sure he's bluffing the most discerning nose "blind").
    • Nose
      Caramel, almond and a touch of (cooked) fruit, all very melted.
    • Taste
      Fat, dense, powerful but not br u lant, Mirabelle well m u re, black cherry jam, sherry and apple (calvados apple Prisonner ry).
    • Finish
      Moderately long finish, leaving a V ery nice bitterness (pepper) with the still persistent apple and again.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wow, Kavalan
    really makes beautiful whisky. What a pleasant surprise. But this bottle will
    set you back almost 300 EUR. Ouch!
    • Nose
      The nose is
      fresh and fruity, with a sourish touch. Gooseberries and strawberries precede
      plums before turning dry. Hay, tobacco and walnuts after a while, but also mint
      and furniture polish. Worcester sauce! Good stuff. Water gives it an edge of
      raw steak, I kid you not.
    • Taste
      It is very
      spicy and sweet on the palate. Pepper, mint, strawberry, plums. Nice
      continuation of the nose. Pear drops and raisins, candied sugar. Dark honey.
      Maple syrup. This is Fino? Could have been a PX for all I know. Takes water
      well. It makes it very creamy, very sweet and very good.
    • Finish
      The long
      finish on sweet honey becomes very dry on the deathbed.


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