Distillery Select is Master Distiller Ian Chang’s newest offering at Kavalan. He has dialed in this whisky superbly and it shows a cavalcade of flavor at a price that won’t make you bat an eyelash. This dram is rich and complex opening with vanilla and tropical fruit aromas melding ever so subtly. The body is perfectly balanced with sweet vanilla and toffee notes. Distillery Select is not only a great sipping whisky, it is also a unique mixable single malt.”
Founded in 2005 by the King Car Group, Kavalan is the first and only whisky distillery in Taiwan. Named for the earliest tribe that inhabited the land around the distillery, Kavalan has a passionate commitment to creating premium whisky. Currently they have the capacity to produce roughly 1.2 million liters of spirits per year using their 12,000 liter wash still (used for the first distillation) and their 7,000 liter spirits still (for final distillation). While they mainly age their whisky in first-fill bourbon barrels, they have also find success with aging in sherry butts and hogsheads, port barriques, and former wine casks. Due to the local climate, the whisky matures rapidly and, as a result they have been able to offer an impressive range of spirits in their short tenure.