Whisky Advocate’s #9 whisky of the summer issueMay 16th, 2012
Kavalan Solist Fino, 57.6%, $117
Each cask of this nicely packaged malt is selected by the distiller, and so there is considerable variation between batches. This one is a step up from last year’s releases. It’s slightly weaker, but the nose has firmed up into a delightful mix of fresh juicy grape and a spicy dustiness. Tastewise this takes an amazing journey from plummy, sweet fruit up front to a slow dominance of dry sherry at the end. The finish is longer than before. Excellent. — Dominic Roskrow
Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 91
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