When we heard they were making single malt whisky in Taiwan we were a bit skeptical. But once we tasted this Fino Sherry cask-aged delight, we were in complete awe. Rich sherry, roasted walnuts and toffee transform into molasses and plums with a healthy dose of spice to round it all off on the finish. Considered by many to be the pinnacle bottling from Kavalan's earliest production, this single barrel offering is in limited supply. The clock is ticking.
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.