One of four expressions from Kavalan’s highly acclaimed Solist range. It has been matured in Oloroso sherry casks sourced from Spain and bottled un-chill-fitered at natural cask strength from cask. It won ‘Supreme Champion’ at The Malt Maniacs Awards 2014, and we must concur with that assessment, as this is truly a magnificent sherried whisky. This particular relase was bottled from cask #S090608029A.
Nose: Rich plums and damsons, slight smoked cherries. Lots of more exotic sherry fruit- grapefruit, coconut, slight mango. Nice heavy oak.
Palate: Explosive and powerful delivery, high proof really carrying the flavours across well as cherries, grapefruit and plums burst into life. Slightly bitter oak balances the sweetness well- almost campari like at the end of the palate. Fabulous.
Finish: More fruit and coconut returns here, long and spicy.
Overall: An amazing whisky and a must try for lovers of heavily sherried whiskies, this is powerful and assertive stuff, filling the palate with intense fruits, slight spice and a good helping of oak.