TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 28, 2016 /CNW/ -- Kavalan, Taiwan's premier whiskymaker, last night took out an Outstanding Gold award and 4 Golds at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), meaning its whiskies "set the standard" and are of the "highest quality" in the world.
At the 9th annual IWSC's "Spirits Tasting" event on July 27th in London, Kavalan was awarded as follows in its Worldwide Whisky Single Malt category:
- Solist Port Single Cask Strength - Gold Outstanding
- Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength - Gold
- Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength - Gold
- Concertmaster - Gold
- ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength - Gold
Kavalan owner Mr YT Lee said: "Kavalan Solist Port's Gold Outstanding represents 'quality of the highest order.' It now qualifies for entry into the IWSC's prestigious November 16 Annual Awards Banquet for the top honour of a Trophy."
The judges said of the Solist Port:
"Nose booms out rich malt with porty notes and loads of floral characters. Fruit cake, tobacco and rich malt make for great complexity. Slips easily into the mouth and across the palate. Some fine mature notes lead into long, complex finish."
This year, Kavalan's Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength was named the "World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky" by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards (WWA) while Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique collected the 2015 "World's Best Single Malt Whisky."
The Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan has been dedicated to the art of single malt whisky since 2006. The world's first subtropical whisky distiller, it is a pioneer in making whisky in a hot climate, and has collected more than 190 gold awards.
Aged in American oak bottles in intense humidity and heat, Kavalan also benefits from sea and mountain breezes and the Snow Mountain's spring water, which combine to create Kavalan Whisky's signature creaminess. Kavalan takes its name from the old name for Yilan County and is backed by 30 years of beverage-making thanks to parent company, King Car Group. It is available in 40 countries. Visit www.kavalanwhisky.com/en/