Happy New Year.
This New Year I had the pleasure to spend in warm countries. On the way, at the airport in Singapore, my eyes caught the latest Laphroaig 32 years old, but its price has led me to look around for something more accessible :). So it happened, I found myself Kavalan Solist. Single sherry cask no. S090624026B, cask strength 57.8% ABV, natural colour, non chill-filtered, my bottle’s no. 400 out of 501. I did tasting repeatedly, both in room conditions and outside at 35° C.
Generally Kavalan has earned a good reputation, I think that’s due to the single cask, sherry releases. Let’s see what hides this bottle.
C: black tea;
N: immediately after opening the bottle, and only for a moment something like a school paint, then sweet at once with candied fruits: cherries, oranges, sometimes reminds me of rum and sherry of course, plenty of dried fruits, there are raisins, dates, figs, plums in chocolate, then cherries and plums, caramel, vanilla;
T: sweet and even a liqueurish, a little sparkles in the mouth, when you to get used to it a lot of fruits comes in, plums, prunes in chocolate, ripe cherries, raisins and figs, grapefruit, ginger with a trace of bitterness, from time to time I have sour notes, a touch of water with lemon maybe;
F: maintains quite a long time, I still have dried fruits with a delicate ginger.
The first tasting I had at 35° C, of course it affected the feelings. That is why I also tried it in room conditions. I feel that then whisky discovered more ripe than dried fruits. Two drops of water can also have a positive impact on the opening up a drink, there is a lot of place for that, in the end we have a 57.8% ABV. Smell and taste are intense and clear.
I do not know how old this Kavalan is, but it confirms the principle that in a hot climate all matures faster. Single malt from Taiwan, with a whole series of Solist, certainly is a serious player in the market and everyone has to reckon with it. Hooray for natural presentation.