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Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask

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@tjbReview by @tjb

1st Nov 2014


Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
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This is a bit mental. It is so dark you would never think it was a whisky. It looks like a glass of Oloroso sherry or coca cola.

My bottle is 515/546 of cask SO60703030.

The nose as you would expect is a massive hit of sherry. Thick, sweet dark fruits, dates, and raisins. A twist of liquorice, woody notes, nuts and vanilla. Sherry, lots and lots of sherry.

The palate is an odd bag. Bitter wood, pepper, vanilla, dates and raisins. Oh why oh why oh why doesn't this taste like it smells.

The balance is all wrong. I hope it is just a dodgy cask. THe nose is intriguing and alluring. It lets you think you are about to taste something amazing and then you take your first sip and a large dose of disappointment.

It looks amazing, smells amazing, tastes weird.

The realisation kicks in, what does a bottle of this cost...?face palm.

What a wasted opportunity to create something magical. I want to try another bottle to see if it is just mine or not.

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Victor commented

Might be your bottle. There are usually good reasons for whiskies to be in the Connosr Top 25 rated. What I've had of the Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask was outstanding.

9 years ago 0

tjb commented

@victor I have never met anyone who didn't like Kavalan Soloist Sherry Cask. It was a slam dunk purchase for that very reason but this specific bottle is a poor show. I do suspect it's the bottle as the aftertaste borders on unpleasant. I am not a harsh critic generally but all I can taste is dissapointment.

9 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I've seen a few dud reviews online of the soloist. Hey, Kavalan has already made some great stuff. Not all bottlings can be stellar. I'm sure they will get it right again soon with another series. I thought the "coca cola" tasting note allusions in one of their bottlings a while back was interesting.

9 years ago 0

hunggar commented

Wow... must have been a dud bottle. I've heard about a good deal of batch variation with the Solist range. Don't give up on this one, though. A good bottle is something to behold. Agreed that this is expensive, though. This could/should be cheaper.

9 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

Was entertaining purchasing a bottle of this...but at ~$175/bottle this review has me second guessing that. For those that have tried both this and the Amrut Intermediate Sherry, how would you compare/contrast the two? I can find the latter for just more than half the price.

9 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

I tried the Sherry cask at spirit of Toronto. I checked my notes and I put a star next to it. It must have made a big impression.

9 years ago 0

tjb commented

Update - I decided to revisit this bottle to see if it has improved with having been opened for a while. The good news is that is has. This is greatly improved although there is still a metallic note on the palate. I have bumped my score accordingly.

9 years ago 0