Owned by privately-held Taiwanese conglomerate King Car, Kavalan is the one and only Taiwanese whisky distillery. Located in Yilan, the distillery sits along the foothills of the Snowy Mountains range, about an hour from Taipei. Construction of the distillery was completed in December 2005 and it produced its first spirit in March 2006. The first releases of Kavalan whisky hit the market in 2008.
Even as a new whisky-maker and distillery, Kavalan has already received numerous accolades. The distillery was named by Whisky Magazine as the World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year” for 2011, and its whiskies have won several awards, such as its Vinho Barrique expression being named World’s Best Single Malt Whisky in 2015 by World Whiskies Awards. An impressive start!