Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Kavalan Concertmaster, Solist Bourbon & Vinho Barrique Reviews

Hi everyone,

Sorry for not being active recently, been on holiday and life’s been busy buying a house and all.
In the meantime I have more Kavalan to get me to 10 and get that sweet, sweet flag I’ve been chasing!

Kavalan Concertmaster 40%
Colour: Dark Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Quite dense, rich dried fruit- Raisin, plum, fig, grape and cream.
Taste: Sharp at first then creamy and fruity, quite dense again with fig and plum then oak developing and going into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Oaky.
Finished in port barrels. Amazingly rich for 40%.
72/100

Kavalan Solist Bourbon 57.8%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Fresh and fruity. Alcohol burn, lemon, vanilla, mango, a little spice.
Water: More classic Scotch style. Caramel, toffee, oaky spice,
Taste: Cooling creamy arrival, building spice, fresh fruit, juicy mango, melon, vanilla, cooling menthol and mint, then more lemon, lemon sherbet, quite zesty into the finish.
Water: Almost quite dull arrival, builds more slowly with plain oak planks and oaky spice, ginger.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Lemon zest and some plain oak, oak planks.
B090901025A. There's nothing special about this one really. Interesting to see as we all know Kavalan does well in intense casks.
67/100

Kavalan Vinho Barrique 57.8%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Odd in a good way, burnt BBQ sauce, hot coals, big juicy fig note, plum and blueberry, honey glaze.
Taste: Dry, hot coals, strangely mineral then big balanced fruit followed by plenty of spice, fig, plum, cumin and coriander, nutmeg, vintage Port, big oak.
Finish: Long length. More vintage Port, some spice, big Bourbon-like caramel.
2012-2016. Big stuff, if a little odd.
79/100

Distillery: Kavalan
Average Score: 72.2
Distillery Ranking: 44th/ 66 places
Up/Down: 45>44 (Up 1)

Thanks for reading!

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Network Average: 74.9
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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