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Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Kavalan

  • Bottler:

    Kavalan

  • ABV:

    57.8%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Adding water tames the heat somewhat, but also mutes some of the flamboyant tropical flavors and brings out a more conventional cereal background note.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: This is the pick of the bunch, the whisky equivalent of Fountains of Wayne; an effervescent dessert whisky, which from the first aroma to the final finish is a consistent mix of vanilla, coconut, and overripe banana, sprinkled with icing sugar and cinnamon.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: This one is simply excellent in my opinion. Quite complex at a (probably) young age.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is on the short side — mostly fire, a touch of sawdust, and a vanilla-soaked marshmallow that fades away just a bit too fast. Try water.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is just fine, but I don't think Ill be jumping through the hoops required to get my paws on this here in the States.
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  • Intro:

    This is a young, cask strength bottling from Kavalan in Taiwan. This is matured in ex-bourbon casks.

  • Nose:

    Vanilla, honey, cream, pears. Pepper, faint strawberry.

  • Taste:

    Sweet caramel, oak, pepper, apple, pear. Hot, oaky and spicy.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, hot peppers and oaky. Faint fruitiness and a lot of vanilla character here.

  • Overall:

    This was my favorite of the three solist that I've had so far but it's still not outstanding whiskey. There's an odd balance between the finish and the base spirit but I do enjoy being able to actually taste the base spirit here (port and sherry just absolutely dominated the base spirit). This is just fine, but I don't think Ill be jumping through the hoops required to get my paws on this here in the States.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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