A Trio Of Kavalan Solists – Drams Of MMA 2013 #1

by Oliver Klimek on December 6, 2013

Kavalan has had great success at the 2013 Malt Maniacs Awards that were published earlier this week. I think having a closer look at them is a worthy beginning fo a series about the MMA 2013 drams in which I will be re-taststing my samples to provide you with tasting notes. For the sake of simplicity I will use the syntax from the awards scoresheet

kavalan_solist_mma2013_0671. Kavalan ‘Solist’ (57.1%, OB, NAS, Bourbon cask, C#B080816080, 210 Bts., 2013) – Silver Medal

Colour: Dark gold
Nose: Pineapple, mango, banana, wood polish, ginger, white pepper.
Palate: Candied pineapple, ripe banana, lemon sherbet, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and a hint of chili.
Finish: Very long, fruity and spicy,
Overall: Lots of fruity flavours to explore, but he spiciness is quite pronounced.

Rating: 85/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

 
 
 
kavalan_solist_mma2013_viho2. Kavalan ‘Solist’ (58.4%, OB, NAS, vinho barrique, C#W080225020, 192 Bts., 2013) – Silver Medal

Colour: Chestnut
Nose: Huge with cherries, cassis, toasted oak, fudge, cinnamon and cloves.
Palate: Mixed berry compote, prunes, espresso, cinnamon, nutmeg and hints of cardamom.
Finish: Long, fruity, dry and spicy,
Overall: Berries meet wood in this massive whisky. It is already quite tannic, but the bold flavours can balance this out.

Rating: 87/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Buy Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique at The Whisky Exchange (cask number not checked)

kavalan_solist_mma2013_sherry3. Kavalan ‘Solist’ (57.8%, OB, NAS, Sherry Cask, C#S060821049, 2013*) – Gold Medal

Colour: Dark Mahogany
Nose: Black currant, blackberries, leather, polished wood, cinnamon, cardamom
Palate: A thick mixture of dark berries, dried figs, coffee, hints of balsamic vinegar, dark chocolate, mixed mild spices and a good dose of wood tannins.
Finish: Long, fruity, dry and spicy,
Overall: This reminds a bit of the Vinho Barrique. The wood is even a bit drier here but the syrupy fruits are even more intense.

Rating: 88/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Buy Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask at The Whisky Exchange (cask number not checked)

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Gal December 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Really lovely drams. Been trying them for some time now. Love the sherry.

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