Taiwan whiskymaker sets IRS alight, taking out the biggest Platinum awards
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Kavalan has monopolized the independent Beverage Testing Institute's "International Review of Spirits" competition, ensuring that no other whisky appeared in its top 5 rankings.
Kavalan scored the 5 highest rated Platinum Medals (Superlative) and 10 Gold Medals (Exceptional) in the 2016 results announced last week, bringing its total trophy chest to more than 200 gold medals or above.
Founder Mr YT Lee said Platinums were awarded as follows:
- No. 1 "Solist" Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky - 98
- No. 2 "Solist" Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky - 98
- No. 3 "Solist" Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky - 98
- No. 4 "Solist" Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky - 97
- No. 5 Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky - 97
"We're grateful for every award we receive because they tell us whether we're on the right track," said Mr Lee. "We want to create the best whisky in the world for our customers, and this recognition helps us fulfill our goal."
Gold Medals winners:
Ex-Bourbon Oak, Single Malt Whisky, Concertmaster, King Car Conductor and Podium. And in the "Solist" Single Cask Strength range: the Brandy, Manzanilla Sherry, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Moscatel Sherry, and Fino Sherry.
Previously, the prestigious World Whiskies Awards (WWA) named the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique its 2015 "World's Best Single Malt Whisky" and the Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength the 2016 "World's Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky."
The Kavalan Distillery in Taiwan has been dedicated to the art of single malt whisky since 2006 and the recipient of 210 gold awards. At its distillery, a world-class R&D team, UK-trained master blender, and an international whisky consultant, oversee the production of an annual 5 million bottles of the world's finest-tasting whiskies.
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/