Kavalan is the first and, so far, ony distillery based in Taiwan. Kavalan was completed in December 2005, produced its first spirit in March 2006, and released its first bottling in December 2008.
Soon afterwards, in January 2010, one of the distillery’s products caused a stir by beating three Scotch whiskies and one English whisky in a blind tasting organised in Leith, Scotland, to celebrate Burns Night.
The distillery has since been named by Whisky Magazine as the World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year” for 2011, and its products have won several other awards. In 2015, Kavalan’s Vinho Barrique expression was named the world’s best single malt whiskey by World Whiskies Awards.