Wow, that's really an experience. The tropical freshness of Kavalan and the minerality and sea of Islay. I'm typing on a 2nd Fill Bourbon keg that used to hold a Bowmore. So I find parallels to the 12-year-old from Bowmore, but with much more power, complexity and intensity. No painting for every day, but worth the purchase. The Kavalan Soloist is extremely different from barrel to barrel, I hope that more presumably former bowmeat barrels were bought here and the other barrels are the same!
Wonderfully tropical, sweet and complex. Fully ripe kiwi, mango cream, honeydew melon with smoked ham and a slightly waxy impression. Later he reminds me of my beloved child cough drops ... with blackcurrant and wild cherry. Apart from the smoked ham, there is no smoke, but rather a spiciness. The alcohol is noticeable, if one holds the nose too briskly into the glass.
Powerful, intense and strong on the tongue. Chili oil, pepper, and now the smokiness on the tongue comes to the fore. Mineral smokiness with waxy fruitiness. Mango, honeydew melon and some caramel. Less intense and fruity with water.
Long and sweet, supported by the association with mineral smoke. Sweet vanilla, toffee and delicate bitter oak notes on the palate. The sweet mangoes, honey melons remain, but continue to be coated with wax.