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25 Oct 2012

Kavalan Solist ex-bourbon

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * World

Kavalan whiskyKing Car, a Taiwanese group with more than 2000 employees, was established in 1956 and runs business in several fields: food, biotechnology, aquaculture, and also beverages. Since late 2008 they’re bottling the Kavalan whisky.

We’re trying the Solist (single cask release) matured in a bourbon cask. It’s said to be 3 years old. Note that the sherried Solist got praised even more than its bourbon sister.

 

 

Kavalan Solist bourbonKavalan Solist (57,1%, OB, bourbon cask #B080519088)

Nose: very fresh, lots of vanilla and coconut. Sawdust. A big wave of bubblegum too, as well as some cookie dough. Then some tropical fruitiness of banana and mango. Mouth: sweet and spicy – the wood is quite firm now, developing on pepper first but a slight tannic bitterness as well towards the end. Some grainy notes. Luckily there’s also a lot of fruit (pear, apple, strawberries with cream) to balance it. Quite some vanilla again, a bit of nutmeg too. Finish: medium long and dry, quite a lot of zesty grapefruit and bitter oak, with a faint vanilla note in the background.

The nose is a nice surprise, it’s a textbook example of summery bourbon maturation. Overall though it’s still young whisky, with a big focus on wood already. A great effort for such a young company. Too bad they’re so hard to come by around here.

Score: 83/100

Kavalan Solist ex-bourbon 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-10-25
  • Suriname

    Thank’s Ruben,
    do you have any info abou how many bottles had this cask?
    Thank’s in advance

  • WhiskyNotes

    No idea, but it should be around 250.

  • MrBeine

    The cask no. B080616001 got 206 bottles

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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