Review #530. Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask

Review #530 | /r/WorldWhisky Review # – Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon

The Schtick: This is a young, cask strength bottling from Kavalan in Taiwan. This is matured in ex-bourbon casks.

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Distiller: Kavalan (Taiwan)

Bottler: Kavalan

ABV: 57.8% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample

Nose: Vanilla, honey, cream, pears. Pepper, faint strawberry.

Taste: Sweet caramel, oak, pepper, apple, pear. Hot, oaky and spicy.

Finish: Medium length, hot peppers and oaky. Faint fruitiness and a lot of vanilla character here.

Overall: This was my favorite of the three solist that I’ve had so far but it’s still not outstanding whiskey. There’s an odd balance between the finish and the base spirit but I do enjoy being able to actually taste the base spirit here (port and sherry just absolutely dominated the base spirit). This is just fine, but I don’t think I’ll be jumping through the hoops required to get my paws on this here in the States.

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Rank: 5

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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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