Situated only two hours away from Taipei City, in the Taiwan countryside of Yilan County, is the Kavalan Distillery. For those who don’t know, Kavalan is a homegrown Taiwanese whisky brand that has taken the global stage by storm. Since 2012, Kavalan has won many global accolades, winning “Best Single Malt Whisky” (Kavalan’s Vinho Barriqie 2015), and Kavalan's Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength was named the “World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky” in 2016.
Named after the indigenous Kavalan People, it is an ode to Taiwan’s local ingredients and craftsmanship. The brand now has 18 different variants of whisky, and can be found in over 60 countries, winning over 220 different international awards. Even more amazing, is the opportunity to visit, tour, and experience the process at the distillery, offering DIY distillery classes where visitors can blend their own whisky.
As the CEO, Lee Yu-Ting, of Kavalan’s umbrella company once recalled, “They said it was impossible...”, Kavalan is truly a wonder and “must-visit” for anyone traveling through Asia. Once arrived, you will find an authentically unique homegrown experience, and stumble away with your own personalized bottle of whisky blend.
Definitely worth the visit.