Tai­wan’s Kavalan Dis­tillery wins ‘Dis­tillery of the Year’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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