Of all the whiskies we planned to sample, the one I was looking forward to the most was the Kavalan Solist.
Having recently tried the astounding intense burst of flavours of the cask strength Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask No S1001200358, the bar was set very high. Even recalibrating expectations for a bourbon rather than sherry cask, I was primed and ready for a treat!
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask No B101124001A (Bottle 102 of 230) 58.6%
- Nose: Much brighter, almost floral with sweet honey, citrus fruits and a bit of banana thrown in for good measure… one could even suggest banana bread… as it continued to open up
- Palate: For some it was a bit rougher than preferred for others quite smooth, largely on the sweeter side without spice or smoke, some slightly nutty elements
- Finish: Slight spice and back to sweetness…
Now cask strength whiskies are not for everyone… however this Kavalan still clearly has the Taiwan climate advantage of more concentrated aromas and flavours in just a few years.
Just for those wanting to partially de-code Kavalan’s cask no B101124001A
- B = Ex-Bourbon cask
- 10 = Put into a cask in 2010
Was it a stunner like its Sherry Cask cousin? Honestly no.
But what I must say is that by releasing so many single casks, Kavalan is really showing the world the range and variation found between casks.
Other Kavalan tasting experiences:
- Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish 40% and the Whisky Ladies Revisit
- Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask No S1001200358, Bottle No 025/507 57.8%
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