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LASC: Kavalan Blind Tasting

April 5, 2015 LA Scotch Club 1 Comment

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Recently, the World Whiskies Awards called Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength the 2015 Best Single Malt. Some traditionalist, of course, balked at the mention of a non-Scottish single malt, not to mention that they did not even pick the best expression from Kavalan. In any case, it inspired us to do a blind tasting and pick, once and for all, the best Kavalan.

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The Club consensus is yet to be decided. Still, here are my notes:

10. Smells like Hawaiian fruit punch, the one that came in the blue can. It is odd. A little bit artificial, as in too much of this can’t be good for me. Asian pear. Rum raisin ice cream. Quite an interesting taste, it’s unlike other stuff that I have tasted recently. Not that Spicy. I like how it lingers on the finish. It’s good. B+. Rank 3. The reveal: Fino.
25: Best Nose. Reminds me of one of my favorite drams from SMWS, a 7 year old Dailuaine. Plums and apricots, pineapple jelly beans, white gummy bears. However, if you linger in the bowl, it starts to smell like glass cleaner. It’s a bit spicy on the tongue, but not overbearing. I like it with popcorn. It brings out the romantic side of me – Road Trips in a convertible. Spring time. Rolling hills. Picnic baskets filled with fancy cheese, figs, prosciutto, and crackers. Beautiful girl in a flowy, summer dress, and she is not wearing a bra. A-. I can drink this forever with no hangover. Rank 1. The reveal: ex-Bourbon.
18. Smells like high-end cognac – Louis XIII. It’s something that Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler would serve to me on a silver platter during Christmas time while I wait on Bruce, who is taking a phone call from Commissioner Gordon. In the mouth, I am reminded of Aberlour A’bunadh, one of my favorite Sherry bombs. Waffle cookies. Cherries covered in dark chocolate. It’s warming, like a blanket enveloping me from the cold, while the fireplace is on. B. Rank 4. The reveal: Sherry.
60. The nose reminds me of the entrance of a humid, long-forgotten cave, where treasures and curse lie hidden, and you half-expect a fairy to pop out of nowhere to lead you into a trap. Zesty citrus nose. Honey. Freshly made mochi black sesasme ice cream. Initial hit on the tongue is smooth, but quickly reveals to be a little spicy. The finish is spicy and it lingers. B+. Rank 2. The reveal: Vinho Barrique.

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  1. Raymond says:

    I’m curious about the Kavalan Vinho Barrique bottle you have pictured in the article. I purchased a bottle and the price tag at the store said Solist, but the case and bottle do not say Solist, they look just like the one in your picture. Is that bottle actually the Solist but just not marked like the other Solist bottles? Or is it different and not the Solist at all?

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