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Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
89.76/100
votes
68
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Vintage
21.08.2006
Bottled
20.08.2013
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
S060821047
Number of bottles
497
Strength
57.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky
Market
fr France
Added on
24 Jan 2014 1:40 pm by schansche
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 368,33

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.76 points

  1. ThS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Supreme Winner of the Malt Maniacs 2014 in the Premium Category.

    Whiskynotes :

    Nose: really profound, big yet elegant sherry. Prunes, dates, lots of
    cherries and raspberries. Toasted nuts and cinnamon. A big fruitiness
    covered with layers of turpentine, camphor and varnished oak. Chocolate
    and Balsamico. Mouth: big and powerful again. There’s still a fruity
    side (plum jam, blackcurrants, some exotic hints like baked banana) but
    also a dry and slightly bitter side. Dark chocolate with fleur de sel,
    cocoa powder and cloves. Pepper and liquorice roots. Very intense.
    Finish: long, slightly tannic, with coffee powder, cassis and tobacco.
    Quite excellent, just like its sister cask. Slightly engineered
    and very overpowering but highly attractive. Around € 150. Still
    available from LMdW, although it’s unclear whether it’s actually the
    same cask.
    Score: 90/100

  2. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. The Macallan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The secret is time! This is a mouthfull of dark sherry, quite nice if you fancy sherry styled whisky's. Overall it's not fully balanced, once reduced the whisky looses its balance. A good sherry whisky stands tall with a touch of water. Therefore I give this one 82 points, because of the flavor impact and what it does to you.
    • Nose
      Pure: very deep PX sherry like notes, balsamico, dark warm fruit, rich, musty, slightly sweet (diluted: more clear sherry notes, dried fruit (tutti fruti), citrusfruit (oranges) and some estery notes) 
    • Taste
      Dry, sherry, fruity, Tobacco, spicy (diluted: mild, still fruity (plum), balsamico!, still powerful)
    • Finish
      Warm, strong (alcohol). Once reduced: still warm, mild, woodspices (cloves), dry)

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Blind tasting of a 1cl sample. 89/90.
    • Nose
      Raisin, date, cranberry, bramble and glue. With water lighter, like plum.
    • Taste
      Cranberry, mocha and raisin. 
    • Finish
      Mocha, cranberry and raisin.

  5. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 302 € at Whiskyauction in Feb. 2015

  6. Erik Elixer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby and JJ
    • Nose
      bourbon, dark bitter chocolate, floral - roses, honey, almond paste, raisins, balsamico and cane sugar 
    • Taste
      forest fruits - black berries, cherries, spices - cinnamon, almond past, marzipan and liquorice
    • Finish
      drying with pepper, syrup, spices - cloves and chocolate

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is one hell of a sherry monster. It is enjoyable, very good. But something extreme like this will have a very hard time scoring 90+ with me. The stuff I find really good, or great even, tends to be a bit more subtle.
    • Nose
      My god, this is some heavy stuff. Extreme sherry aromas. We've got soy, a sort of cherry syrup, an assortment of red fruits, raspberries and plumbs. There is a hint of mint, followed by paint thinner and varnish. Also dark chocolate and a barely noticeable saltiness.
    • Taste
      Some fruit again with blackberries and plumbs. There something nutty here, and again a saltiness. The palate has a slight dryness. There is also the darker, heavier sherry with dark chocolate, cloves and coffeepowder. It is very accessible and water really isn't needed.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter with tobacco leaves and cocoa.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. ThS did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    LMDW tasting note
    Color: mahogany with greenish reflections. Nose: deep, intense. Prune, camphor, cherries brandy, dark chocolate, toffee, eucalyptus, toasted walnuts, saffron, mustard seeds, liquorice stick, many berries and blacks, beeswax, ... This is what persuasively proposes the beautiful nose of this version. And that's not all, as it extends to dried fruits (fig, date), tuberose and citrus (orange, mandarin). Palate: wide and deep at the same time. Beautifully powdered (cocoa, saffron), its velvety tannins surround the taste buds of dark chocolate, salted butter caramel and green licorice. Capiteuse, it evolves on dry and exotic fruits (very ripe mango, flambé banana). Further, oranges come to refresh the palate of their sweet juice. Only reference to the youth of this distillate, spices, especially clove come tickle the tip of the tongue. Final: concentrated in the extreme and at the same time of great freshness, it shows a lot of salinity. Mentholée and peppery, it is also fruity (blackberry, blackcurrant), it evolves on notes roasted (coffee, mocha) and floral (rose, peony). The retro-olfaction is marked by bitter chocolate and nuts, the empty glass is fruity (blueberry, plum) and vegetable (pipe tobacco).

  10. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    MMA 2014 (Malt Maniacs Awards): took the 2nd overall place and Gold Medal with an average score of 91 points, and was awarded the "Best Sherried Whisky" in the Premium range. http://www.maltmaniacs.net/awards/

    Kavalan is on the rise! Took the first two spots in the overall results, two gold medals out of only 4 and has beaten all the big (and over priced) brands including a handful of Karuizawa's. BTW, the two overall winners are just 7 years of age.....more to come for sure!

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