Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison du Whisky & The Nectar
Added on
09 Feb 2014 10:58 am by Bishlouk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 308.37

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Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.16 points

  1. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cola candy
    I have tried this powerhouse twice before, but was never able to make tasting notes. During a recent visit to the bar PROOF in Ghent, the owner poured me a generous sample to take home. So now allow me to take some time to fully tell you all about it. This sherry cask Solist by Kavalan was bottled for The Nectar and La Maison du Whisky at 58,7%.
    This is quite a sherry bomb on the nose! Wonderfully dark fruit with raisins, figs, cherries and a good espresso Arabica with chocolate shavings. Next I get some cocoa, overripe prunes, candied orange peel, beeswax and even a salty note like the rind on smoked ham and a drop of balsamic vinegar. Lastly a single leaf of tobacco from the better cigar. This is mighty and complex!
    It is quite mouth coating and very spicy. The sherry makes is very dry, though. The bitter coffee comes first now, followed by loads of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and even saffron. The fruit evolves from bitter oranges towards cooked black berries. The chocolate becomes big, but the wood also quite loud. Toasted oak. Goes up and down between bitter and sweet. A surprising touch of cola candy – you remember those small bottle shaped candies? That’s a first in a whisky for me.
    The finish is very long, bittersweet on coffee and orangettes. At the death, the cherries reappear.
    Boy, what a mighty Kavalan. This can easily hold its own next to the best of Aberlour a’bunadh and the like.

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Definitely a "full" Whisky but not particularly what I like. To me it smells and tastes very much like Baccardi-Cola with a quite sour note in the finish. Very different from all the other sherried Whiskies that I've tasted sofar (which is actually also a good thing in some way).
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. D3US scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is an enormous whisky. Even some other big sherry monsters like a’bunadh, old style Macallan or Glendronach single cask don’t achieve this level of sherry intensity. The first time I tasted this I was in shock, this time I’m in awe…
    • Nose
      Big chocolate and dark cooked fruit. Very sweet on the nose, but there’s also a salty/sour note in the background that reminds me of balsamico vinegar. Dark roast coffee with chocolate shavings. The sherry is so huge that I can almost physically snort it up. With water I get more woody notes, sharp oak and now cherries. Again a slight salty note, now more like a soy sauce aroma.
    • Taste
      My goodness that’s big. Overwhelming sherry flavours and quite dry in the mouth. A bitter coffee note, maybe even charred wood. Deep, dark flavours of fruits cooked in wine. Black currant soft drink with some herbs and spices. Dark chocolate with orange filling, oak shavings and a bit of pepper. Sweet further in, and I somehow get a cola note now, weirdly. Complex and powerful.
    • Finish
      Long, which is no less than I expected. I nice, lingering, bittersweet coffee note together with those dark fruits, chocolate and orange zest.

  7. Snerik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Raisins, figs, a wee bit candle wax, cacao, plums, liquorice. With just a few drops of water a slight smoked ham feeling. And a little tiny cigar. 
    • Taste
      It’s dry and waxy, cacao, raisins and some saffron. Candy, papaya, well, water really helps this one. 
    • Finish
      Nice and elegant, smooth, raisins again and some chocolate. A yes, some sweet fruits far back. Really pleasant whisky this. 

  8. rdavek scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, this is only the second Kavalan that I have tasted, and I'm very, very impressed.  This is a powerful, complex and long lasting sherried whisky.  I could nose this all day, full of dark fruits, cola, cough syrup, and a meatiness that puts it in the realm of some old Highland Park, and Mortlach sherry bombs.  The palate is true to the nose, with a long and ever changing finish.  Fantastic whisky!

  9. Bishlouk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Clean (too much, not enough '' dirty soil ''), syrup cut with string (like all Asians I could taste). The alcohol is not well enough integrated and is too powerful, which crushes the rest a little. (tasted at the festival and at the opening of the bottle)
    • Nose
      Surprisingly enough, the nose at the opening of the bottle lacks power and seems pretty erased.
    • Taste
      Very powerful on sherry, the alcohol is too present for my taste (which unbalances everything).
    • Finish
      average quite woody.


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