Perhaps the richest, most unctuous offering of the lot, this was the crown jewel of our tasting. The Pedro Ximenez casks offer so much character and flavor, this whisky really took to the barrel and developed beautifully. Breathtaking notes of coffee and cocoa powder balance the brazen power of this whisky. It’s a beguiling dram that will have you repeatedly reaching for your bottle to show off to your whisky-loving friends. **Very Limited Availability**
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.