Taiwan’s Kavalan Distillery wins ‘Distillery of the Year’
Taiwan’s Kavalan Distillery has won the “Tasting Panel Magazine Distillery of the Year” award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the organizer said.
The distillery, run by King Car Group in the northeastern county of Yilan, obtained four Double Golds and two Silvers for its single malt whisky submissions, according to a statement released by the organizer.
Established just a decade ago, Kavalan Distillery has been racking up awards in recent years and getting nods from some of the world’s top single malt connoisseurs.
Last month, Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique was titled the “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky 2015” at the World Whiskies Awards.
In 2012, the Jim Murray Whisky Bible named Kavalan’s Solist Fino Sherry Cask malt the “new whisky of the year.”
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition was founded in 2000 by noted wine and spirits critic and competition director Anthony Dias Blue.
This year’s competition was held March 19-22 in San Francisco, drawing a record 1,580 entries from 41 states and 60 countries covering 90 classifications, judged by 41 international judges.
Many categories of spirits saw a significant increase this year, most notably, gin, bourbon, rye whisky and single malt scotch.
“Over the last 15 years as we’ve witnessed this explosive growth in spirits, we also note that the further sub-categorization of aging and types of spirits proliferating,” Blue said.