- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Sherry Cask
- Sherry Cask
- Number of bottles
- 57.8 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 29 Jun 2015 12:09 pm
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33 × member ratings
60 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.19 points
- I feel like this Kavalan by itself offers a very nice heavily sherried malt at a reasonable price but when you do a side by side with some of the older heavily sherried malts like the single cask glendronachs, this is when the Kavalan falters. It's very simple and has a thin mouthfeel. Not sure if it's just the young age or if it's the light Kavalan distillate, but currently I think the reason Kavalans are punching above its weight is that they use very nice casks -- ie they are very cask-driven. You can taste the fresh sherry but that deep old chocolatey rancio sherry complexity that comes with the aging process is missing. For that, I usually don't give these solist sherry casks more than 90 points.
- Nose: OOOMPH!!!! Glue, sherry, big hit of dry fruit. Needs quite a bit of water. With water: More wood and spices come up. It improves with water.
Taste: BOOOM!!! Sherry hits you right in the face. Sweet syrupiness. Hint of spices and some pepper. Raisin. With water: More sweet and sour notes as in a red fruit and citrus mix.
Body: full on, heavy bodied whisky.
Finish: Medium-long: Sherry, sherry, sherry, hint of glue, hint of some bittersweet oranges.
Price: Bought it for 110 euro's which is a reasonable price for a whisky like this.
Presentation: Sober but decent. Virtual no bblablabla from the marketing department.
- I guess you either love this one (which I couldn't imagine) or you absolutely don't. I don't like the way it's constructed, too much off balance notes. It bounces all over the place. If you would pay € 150 or up for this one big chance you might end up disappointed.
Pretty strong on sherry, the alcohol is pretty harsh on the nose. Some sweetness present, raisins and dark fruit. Imho these are all pretty much destroyed by a super glue scent that comes and kills most of the nice nosing. For me there's too much glue and some traces of rusty metal. Off balance.
Well, the taste doesn't disappoint considering what the nose promises; sweet sherry for just a second and then the super glueyscent can also be tasted. Together with some oxidising metal and, finally some red fruits. Not too much spices sadly. Compared to a single cask Glendronach this misses about everything that make some Glendronachs such outstanding sherry bombs. It's almost as maturation has been done in an IBC instead of a sherry butt. Artificial notes in the palate ruin most of the taste. With water it doesn't get any better.
For such a heavy sherried whisky finish is pretty short. I guess the lack of spices doesn't help either. Again there's a off note due to the super glueyness that stays around at all time.