Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan bottling)

This single barrel Ex-Bourbon Solist was exclusively bottled for members of KavaFan. (142 total bottles). It was barreled on August 28, 2008, and bottled on October 5, 2017. 9 years, 1 month, 8 days old.

Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan Bottling) B080828075, bottle 26/142, 55.6% ABV

  • Nose: Creamy vanilla off the top, pineapple, piña colada, melon, bourbon-like caramel, short-bread, and a nice spicy oakiness.
  • Taste: Vanilla pudding, really good crème brûlée, coconut, piña colada, oak, and a faint cinnamon spiciness.
  • Finish: Medium/long, very good viscosity, coconut, fruit, and spicy oak notes linger.
  • Thoughts: An outstanding expression! Lots of depth and complexity, great mouth-feel. The flavors are easily distinctive, with very good balance.
  • Score: 93 + NA value point(s) = 93/100

But how does it compare to a standard Ex-Bourbon Solist? “Let’s find out, shall we?” – @tomodera 🙂

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Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon, 57.8% ABV

  • General thoughts: Very solid whisky. Vanilla, pineapple, melon and caramel. Musty oak and spiciness. Finish is medium/long, good viscosity.
  • Score: 87.5 + NA value point(s) = 87.5/100

Head-to-Head: The KavaFan bottling has much more depth, richness, and volume. Cleaner and crisper, more complexity. The extra age (9 years vs about 6) has really done wonders to this! 9 years in Taiwan seems like 25+ in Scotland. The people who selected this cask for our group did an amazing job. Outstanding whisky!

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Scores:

After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). A zero value means I think the price is justified.

0-69.5 – Don’t bother trying, life is too short for bad spirit.
70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t.
80-84.5 – I recommend trying.
85-87.5 – Definitely try this!
88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind!
93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours!
96+ – The meaning of life.
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My previous scores (including value points)
Ardbeg 10                                                     88.5
Ardbeg Corryvrickan                                 92.5
Ardbeg Kelpie                                              91.5
Ardbeg Uigeadail                                        91.0
Balvenie 15 Single Barrel – Sherry          89.0
Blanton’s Gold                                             87.0
Booker’s (2015-01)                                      89.5
Bowmore 12                                                 84.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.1                     92.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3                     94.0
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1                     89.5
Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3                     90.5
Canadian Club 40                                        85.0
Caol Ila 12                                                     82.0
Compass Box – Peat Monster                    85.5
Eagle Rare 10                                                85.0
Elmer T. Lee                                                  87.0
Glendronach 12 Original                           83.0
Glendronach 15 Revival                             92.0
Glendroanch 18 Allardice                          90.5
Glendronach 21 Parliament                      91.0
Glenfarclas 25                                              93.5
Highland Park 15                                         87.5
Highland Park 25                                         92.0
Jack Daniel’s SB-BP (16-0574)                   89.0
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (57.8)         87.5
Kavalan Solist – Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan) 93.0
Kavalan Solist – Sherry Cask (58.7%)       90.5
Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique (57%)   89.5
Lagavulin 16                                                 90.0
Laphroaig 10                                                85.5
Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira 2016          88.5
Lot No. 40                                                      88.0
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength 12yr                   91.5
Macallan 12 Double Cask                           79.0
Macallan 12 Fine Oak                                 84.0
Macallan 17 Fine Oak                                 87.0
Macallan 18 Fine Oak                                 85.0
Macallan 10 Sherry                                     83.0
Macallan 12 Sherry                                     88.0
Macallan 18 Sherry (1997)                         94.0
Macallan Edition 2                                      90.0
Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse                   88.5
Pappy Van Winkle 23yr                             93.5
Sazerac Rye                                                   88.5
Stagg Jr. (Batch 4)                                        83.0
Talisker 25                                                    89.0
W.L. Weller 12                                              88.0

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