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Kavalan Solist

Overall rating
88.64/100
votes
63
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Cask
Vintage
03.07.2009
Bottled
13.07.2016
Casktype
Port Wine Cask
Casknumber
O090703008A
Number of bottles
187
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
4710085224920
Added on
23 Oct 2016 8:57 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 148.95

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63 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kavalan Solist

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.64 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The color of this blind sample makes my heart beat faster and promises an absolute sherry drone. However, the nose is initially very hesitant and releases the aromas only slowly. After giving this malt some time to breathe, the nose opens slowly and releases intense and powerful sherry aromas. To taste, this malt literally explodes and the clenched sherry aromas discharge and unfold in the mouth. The departure also leaves nothing to be desired, except .... that he should never finish! A great and intense sherry bomb! Highly deserved 90, rather 91 points!
    • Nose
      Blindsample: After pouring, tough streaks immediately formed on the glass wall. Long and oily drops made their way back into the glass while dark berry flavor blew out of the glass. The dark sherry flavors hide a bit and come to the fore. Dark dried berries and grapes stand out leisurely from the glass, the alcohol is immediately after several smells on the spot and supports the hesitant sherry flavors. Slowly, dark and old oranges come out, dark caramel and sweetness come to light. This malt definitely needs time to breathe and he should get that time too. After a few minutes, roasted aromas and spicy woody aromas dominate the nose. A subtle note of sulfur breaks through a light chocolate aroma, coffee beans are on the table and exude their subtle aroma. Wet leather flavors and sweet tobacco rise from the discreet sulfur note, the salivation is suddenly stimulated ...
    • Taste
      Wow! Dark and creamy sherry aroma flows over the tongue, the palate fills with intense and strong dark berry flavor. Spicy wood elements mix with dark and old caramel, old and dried orange slices are brewed by hot coffee. Leather flavor comes to the fore again, coffee flows over dark chocolate. Spicy and old logs exude a subtle spiciness while honey drips on dried berries and grapes. Powerful and intense, the dark sherry aroma does not really want to end.
    • Finish
      The finish starts with dark and dried berries. Leather flavors mingle with dark chocolate and espresso. Tart and spicy wood notes mix with toasted aromas. Hopefully this great and complex ending never ends! Unfortunately, the dark and intense sherry aromas sound very slow ...

  2. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Allow me a short but crisp review of this material. In the nose a good port freight, espresso, a bit cinnamon. Port wine, coffee, dates on the palate, all very sweet and surprisingly creamy for the high alcohol content. I share the opinion that alcohol only partially stings. In the nose, provided you dip your trunk completely into the bowl, it stings a little, but this does not continue in the mouth.
    A malt with 7 years and 60% vol, which you can drink undiluted; therefore, they really don't do anything wrong over there. For me as a Scotch Whisky enthusiast and dreamer, as a non-Kavalan fan boy and avowed port lover, there is a clear purchase recommendation up to 120 euros.

    The question you can ask yourself:
    Is that still whisky?

    It is nothing else per se. Due to the climate in Taiwan, the schnapps matures much more extreme than in Europe. How wet the port wine barrel was at the end, I can not judge. If someone dismisses the whisky as a 60 percent port wine, I can't even resent it.
    Yes, the malt is very, very barrel-driven, you can't deny that. Port noses should be allowed to put the Scotch flag aside and try this whisky. And don't forget, port wine doesn't come from Scotland either.

  3. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Cooked cherries, fat raisins, beguiling sweetness, syrupy, no - that's syrup, syrup distillate, wet oak, sweetest plum jam
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, sweet as cardboard, lots of cherries, very dry, heat in the mouth, pleasant spice
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very dry finish, yet creamy sweet, sweet spicy, plums and raisins flake creamy on the palate

  5. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A heavy, bitter whisky, heavily driven by the oak. I am not bothered by intense and bitter wood stress, but here I miss a little bit the fruity counterpoint. Although you can recognize fruits, but the oak leaves them little room. Nevertheless, this is a very nice whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweet, raisins, immediately wood, dates, forest soil, removes sour cherries, despite the initial sweetness tart and spicy, blackberries and weaker raspberries
    • Taste
      Strong onset, slightly astringent, lots of spicy dry oak, very dark chocolate, dried fruit, then a little sweeter, blackberries, currants, the oak leaves the fruit only a little space
    • Finish
      Dry and warm, bittersweet oak, again very dark chocolate

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This Kavalan Soloist from a (Dark) Port Wine Cask is really on the gas and has incredible power in the complete tasting. Fruity sherry and orange flavors determine the nose and the taste. Chocolate and spicy oak tones harmonize perfectly with the fruity sweetness, although here and there you can imagine his young age. Great part, I like it very much! A whopping 91 points.
    • Nose
      A rusty brown with a reddish glow shines the Port Wine Cask in the glass. Heavy fruit aromas stand out powerfully from the glass, intensively fruity orange peels rise from the sherry, milk chocolate and caramel are added. Spicy wood notes and hazelnuts mix with the sweet fruit to an extremely caramel sweetness. A touch of leather penetrates through the dried raisins and grapes, complex fruit notes mix with the spicy wood.
    • Taste
      Violent oak flavors and sour fruit flavors beat mercilessly on the tongue at the first sip. Woodiness is distributed immediately in the entire mouth area, a pinch of pepper heats the sharpness in addition. The dark berries and grapes come slowly from the spicy sharpness, dark chocolate gives off a creamy mouthfeel. The second sip of the alcohol is more present, slightly bitter woody aromas become dry and harsh. Chewed walnuts are distributed in the mouth while sour fruit flavors mingle with the subtle bitter wood flavors.
    • Finish
      The finish starts warm and cozy and characterized by tart wood aromas. Powerful and long-lasting, the finish exudes its fine tangy woody aroma. Old walnuts fall from the tree and burst on the slightly musty forest floor. Spicy the finish gradually fades away.

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A finisher! Not really my thing, I have to say, but I have to acknowledge the intensity, especially in the nose. A little too much of everything, however. In any case, a completely new experience through the sample from @mothers_finest - thank you!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Beeswax galore! Salty liquorice, red currants, as a brandy, some sweat, deep berry notes, rum raisins and espresso.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Blueberries, honey, concentrated umami, but a little violently hot, the alcohol.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Salivation is stimulated, becoming long, acidic.

  9. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

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