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Taiwan's first whisky distillery Kavalan opens second distillery

Published 08 December 2016

Kavalan has commissioned its second distillery and launched an inaugural rum cask-aged whisky for Christmas.

At the inauguration of the Kavalan Second Distillery, CEO Mr. Y.T. Lee said that onMarch 11, 2006, Kavalan's first ever "new make" left the spout at the spirit safe, forever turning his dream of Taiwanese whisky into reality.

Lee said: "Before 2006, all this was nothing more than a pipe dream. Yet 10 years later, we have enough demand for Kavalan that we're celebrating a doubling in our capacity to 10 million bottles with our Second Distillery."

The increase could make Kavalan one of the 10 biggest whisky distillers in the world.

Speaking about Kavalan's 10 year journey, International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) outgoing managing director, Ewan Lacey, said: "broadening of the world of whisky both in terms of creating a new frontier and a new philosophy."

He said: "deepening and enrichment in the new and unique styles of whisky which continues to benefit whisky lovers across the globe."

Other special guests were Kavalan's Chief Consultant, Jim Swan; Whisky Magazine Founder Damian Riley-Smith; and Richard Forsyth of world classstills maker Forsyths, and his son, Richard Forsyth.

Kavalan's new Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength, saturated with notes of melon and papaya, clove, and root ginger, was described by Whisky Master Ingvar Ronde, who is editor and founder of the Malt Whisky Yearbook, as: "Delicate rum, sweetness with notes of guava, pineapple and chocolate covered almonds."

Spirits educator Bernhard Schäfer said: "A complex bouquet of tropical fruits -- Sweet and sugary finish."

Whisky Magazine Riley-Smith said: "Kavalan burst on to the world whisky scene in 2006 and since then has triumphed in the World Whiskies Awards and Icons of Whisky each and every year."



Source: Company Press Release