“It started with a dream to distil whisky in a new land. The challenge was to harness the subtropical climate and rich terroir of the land to create a powerful yet elegant whisky with rich tropical notes. Made in Taiwan, made to Stay.”
Mr. T.T. Lee & Mr. Y.T. Lee - WWA Hall of Famers, Kavalan Distillery
Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan takes Yilan County’s old name. A land of blessings, it was here that entrepreneur Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee dreamed of a new whisky homeland and a ‘century-old’ distillery to last generations. Mr. T.T. Lee’s ambition to create Taiwan’s first whisky took him across the old world to the sacred distilleries of Scotland and Japan. He knew to compete, Taiwan must be world-class, and this tested every sinew of his resolve.
Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known.
Kavalan brings together a highly skilled R&D team which takes on the legacy of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan. It is backed by King Car Group and its more than 40 years of beverage experience and knowledge.
This award winning distillery is now offering 3D Virtual Tours for visitors who may not be able to visit the distillery in person. Each section of the corridor is fully interactive and can be explored in 3D, informing visitors about the entire whisky-making process. Information about Kavalan’s world-class ingredients, fine oak casks, and the processes for fermentation, distillation and maturation, are all available through the virtual tour. The explanations are provided in both English and Chinese.
“Kavalan won its first award in 2010 and has since received numerous whisky and spirits awards from all over the world. Our Taiwan-made whisky is now an 8-time world whisky champion and the proud winner of over 450 gold medals.”