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The Solist Fino, as the name indicates, is finished in a Fino sherry butt. I am told there are many batch variations, so I am curious how mine will do. It is a sample I brought home for a whisky festival in Gent last March.
The nose is fresh and fruity, with a sourish touch. Gooseberries and strawberries precede plums before turning dry. Hay, tobacco and walnuts after a while, but also mint and furniture polish. Worcester sauce! Good stuff. Water gives it an edge of raw steak, I kid you not.
It is very spicy and sweet on the palate. Pepper, mint, strawberry, plums. Nice continuation of the nose. Pear drops and raisins, candied sugar. Dark honey. Maple syrup. This is Fino? Could have been a PX for all I know. Takes water well. It makes it very creamy, very sweet and very good.
The long finish ons weet honey becomes very dry on the deathbed.
Wow, Kavalan really makes beautiful whisky. What a pleasant surprise. But this bottle will set you back almost 300 EUR. Ouch!