Anchor Distilling

Kavalan

Yilan County, Taiwan

Available For The First Time In The United States, Kavalan Single Malt Has Quickly Taken The Whisky World By Storm

The First Privately Owned Whisky Distillery In Taiwan

The King Car Group, founded by Mr. TT Lee in 1956, has decades of experience in food and beverage, but producing whisky has always been the founder's dream. In 2002, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization, which allowed the establishment of a privately owned distillery in Taiwan for the first time in modern history.

The Kavalan Distillery

Construction on the distillery began in early 2005 and was completed in only nine months. The vision for the whisky was overseen by Master Blender Ian Chang in collaboration with world-renowned whisky consultant Dr. Jim Swan. The distillery is comprised of Scottish style copper pot stills from Scotland made by the Forsyths Company, as well as Holstein stills. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to protect it from the sub-tropical climate of Taiwan. Kavalan began distilling trial runs in early 2006, with the first drop of new make spirit emerging from the stills on March 11, 2006, one year after construction on the distillery had begun. To combat the high heat and humidity of Taiwan, the spirit vapors are cooled using both tube condensers and sub-coolers. The five-story warehouse houses 30,000 casks tied together because of the high risk of earthquakes in the region. The top floors of this warehouse can reach up to 108 degrees Fahrenheit, causing an angel's share of no less than 15% annually.

Taiwanese Terroir

Kavalan, which means "flatland people," is named after the Taiwanese aboriginal ethnic group that originally inhabited modern-day Yilan County, where the distillery is located. Yilan was chosen for its proximity to the cold spring water of Snow Mountain and the salty Pacific Ocean air. The subtropical heat and high humidity of Yilan cause an accelerated maturation, ensuring a rich, complex whisky in just a few years. At Kavalan, it is referred to as "maturity redefined." Since its release in 2008, Kavalan has received dozens of international whisky awards and titles, beating out traditional Scottish, American and Japanese brands, and causing a seismic shift in the world of whisky and conversation about aging.

  • Whisky Distillery Manager / Master Distiller of the Year - Icons of Whisky, 2015

Products:

Kavalan Classic
Kavalan Classic

Kavalan Classic was the first whisky produced by the distillery, and it expresses the quality and character of the brand. It is strongly influenced by the cool air of northeastern Taiwan and the pure water of Snow Mountain. Kavalan Single Malt consists of mainly refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, and a small percentage of sherry barrels. 43% ABV

  • Best in Class - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2011
Kavalan Concertmaster
Kavalan Concertmaster

Kavalan Concertmaster uses Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage port wine casks, complementing Kavalan's distinctive flavor profile to compose a harmonic symphony. Kavalan Concertmaster single malt whisky is first matured in specially selected American oak casks, and then finished in port barriques for one year. 40% ABV

  • Gold Medal - World Whiskies Awards, 2016
  • Silver Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Best in Class - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2010
Kavalan King Car Conductor
Kavalan King Car Conductor

A vatted single malt of refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, sherry barrels and other specially selected barrels named for the King Car conglomerate. It is similar to the Classic in terms of flavor and aroma, but has a higher content of sherry casks. 46% ABV

  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Gold Medal, Outstanding - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2012
Kavalan Single Cask Expressions

All Kavalan single cask expressions are bottled by hand at cask strength without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.

Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask

Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask is aged in ex-bourbon casks that are made of quercus alba American white oak. This species of oak yields fragrant and delicate wood spiciness and vanilla notes influenced by the area's unique local weather conditions.

  • World Whiskies Trophy, Gold Medal - International Spirits Challenge, 2016
  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • World Whisky of the Year - Whisky Advocate, 2013
Kavalan Sherry Cask
Kavalan Sherry Cask

Kavalan Sherry Cask is matured in Spanish oloroso sherry casks.

  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Gold Medal, Supreme Winner - Malt Maniacs Awards, 2013
Kavalan Fino Cask
Kavalan Fino Cask

Kavalan Fino is matured in top fino sherry butts. Fino, Spanish for 'Fine', is the driest and palest of all varieties of traditional sherry wine.

  • Silver Medal - World Whiskies Awards, 2016
  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Best Asian Single Malt Whisky - World Whiskies Awards, 2013
Kavalan Vinho Barrique Cask
Kavalan Vinho Barrique Cask

Kavalan Vinho Barrique Cask is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been stripped and toasted to convert the wine flavors into a complex fruit background, then re-charred to bring out vanilla notes from the whisky and wood.

  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Best Asian Single Malt, World's Best Single Malt Whisky - World Whiskies Awards, 2015