Whisky Advocate’s #5 whisky of the summer issueMay 20th, 2012
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique, 60%, $90
The Kavalan flag is unfurling fast. The whiskies are making it Stateside, and they’re improving from a very high base. A couple of degrees stronger than previously, this is far richer than any wine cask-matured whisky has a right to be. This is huge, with a tropical nose of mango, melon, and papaya, and a hint of dustiness. The palate is astounding. Rich, sweet, and rounded, it coats the mouth with an intense mixture tempered by burnt toffee and cocoa. Stunning. — Dominic Roskrow
Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 93
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