After reviewing all Kavalan expressions bottled at drinking strength, it is now time to review their single cask series called ‘Solist’. I know that Kavalan really likes music basic names, but I do not have the slightest clue why they picked the German word for ‘Soloist’ here. Anyways, today I will review the Solist Ex-Bourbon and the Solist Vinho Barrique, followed by reviews of the Solist Sherry and the Solist Fino next Wednesday.
Alright, let’s start with the KAVALAN Solist Ex-Bourbon after last week’s review of the Ex-Bourbon Oak. To me, hands down, the best Single Malt from Kavalan I had so far. Just one gorgeous combination between first-fill bourbon casks and Kavalan’s signature exotic fruitiness. Now, from what I understand, the Ex-Bourbon Oak is actually nothing other than a Solist Ex-Bourbon reduced to drinking strength. If so, is the Solist version bottled at cask strength even better than the 46% ABV version?
|Name:||KAVALAN Solist Ex-Bourbon|
|Number of bottles:||205|
Soft and smooth. The alcohol is merely noticeable. Apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Hints of honey and coconut butter. Not the most complex aroma but very pleasing.
Quite syrup-y. Strong alcohol burn. Vanilla marshmallows, pineapple juice, apples and coconuts. Altogether very fruity and sweet. Followed by candied almonds. Also a good portion of wood.
Medium and dry. More fruits.
Surprisingly woody for such a young whisky. The alcohol is not all that well integrated and the bourbon-flavored-syrup style is just a bit over the top. Overall not unpleasant but a little bit too edgy for me.
Score: 83 / 100