Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pedro Ximénez
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Sep 2016 3:26 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 455.80

6 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 points

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose syrupy and super sweet, the palate transitions from sweet to oak and menthol for me, I like it, but it is unique. A young and powerful dram
    • Nose
      90 90
      Super sweet, syrupy raisins and caramel in spades, with water strawberry, leather, grassiness
    • Taste
      91 91
      Grape soda, oak, caramel, menthol cherry cough drop
    • Finish
      89 89
      Menthol continues, sweet with light spice

  2. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What kind of colour!
    And what a flavor!

    Sherry intense.
    Sweet and strong.
    You notice the alcohol.
    But also the barrel notes.
    Moist wood, fermented fruit, vanilla.

    Violent start.
    Dry, almost dusty, furry.
    My tongue is numb.
    But then a wonderful sweetness in the mouth.
    Like sipping the last drops out of the keg.


  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    At first glance, it seems unfathomable that 3-4 yo Taiwanese whisky would gain ‘under the counter’ status at a whisky festival, hidden from the public gaze and undisclosed to a potentially wider customer base. Price wise however it makes sense given the Solist single cask bottlings are currently retailing for £335 [TWE Apr ’17]. On top of that, this young Taiwanese distillery is selling whisky from the Solist range faster than they can produce it. It’s quite a phenomena given you can acquire a 1967 48yo Tomintoul for the same money as an Asian 3yo. It’s crazy and exciting times.

    Guided by his knowledge & expertise of sherry and whisky respectively, Nathan took Chris and I through the ‘under the counter’ Solist range Blog

    C: This is fabulously woody with the illusion of much greater age. Furthermore, it’s complex and full bodied with lovely form. An instant winner, equal to the Amontillado.

    Scores a B+

  4. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Here you get what's on it: heavy PX influence. Everything is very sweet and through the "Power-maturation" is also noticeable oak. Of course you are looking in vain for excessive complexity, but whoever likes sweet PX whiskys is just right here. The eternally long finish I like best, because in addition to the endless sweetness and tart oak notes and other flavors find space.
    • Nose
      The first rash of nostrils initially shows clearly the alcohol content, directly comes full of sherry, creamy, very sweet, soft, clear PX notes, dark and sugar sweet, pierces through a pleasant woody note, no bitterness, candied apples, roasted almonds, sugar beet syrup, sweetened orange , Sultanas, very sweet dates, slowly it gets drier, the oak becomes more dominant, memory of Bailey's liqueur, creamy candies, caramel
    • Taste
      The alcohol content shows with strength on the tongue, violently sweet, creamy, sticky, a lot of PX influence, caramel sweets, tart oak, subtle herbal notes
    • Finish
      here are more herbs, a little tart, more oak, raisins, oranges, subtle bitterness, sweetness, the mouth sticks and becomes dry, caramelized nuts, sweetened milk coffee, long great finish


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