About Taiwanese Spirits

About Taiwanese Spirits
A recent phenomenon in Taiwan has been the production of single malt whisky. Not just any single malt, mind you, but some that have been acclaimed as among the world's best. All this in just a few short years.

The single malts from Taiwan are made in an intense, yet elegant style that emphasize strong and complex fruit and spice flavors from the distillate and especially the oak, were the tropical climate of the island has a huge influence and greatly accelerates maturation. While single malt whisky in Taiwan is a small industry at present, look for it to grow.

Top Picks for Taiwan

Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
98 points
$179.99
Ruby color. Fruity aromas of dense raisin-studded caponata, ripe cantaloupe, molasses, sassafras, and candied dried mango with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a hot, very complex, very long milk chocolate, moist spice cake with stewed fruit, cajeta, rosemary, candied walnuts, and bananas flambé finish. A port-like Single Malt with highly concentrated fruity flavors; this stunning display of intensity will satisfy most any lover of cask-finished spirits and may even convert rum drinkers into whisky lovers.
98 points $179.99
Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$159.99
Amber color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, bruleed lime, hints of copper pot still rum, hibiscus, curry, and caramel-chocolate truffle with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long roasted kiwi, green tea, sage, and crushed pink peppercorns finish. A funky and tropical Single Malt with a spicy, peppery palate.
97 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
97 points
$199.99
Dark amber color. Aromas of roasted almonds, leather, hazelnuts in caramel, molasses, orange peel, savory herbs, and starfruit with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, very complex, very long suede, kalamata olives, glazed nuts, dates, dark chocolate, fine tobacco, luxury tea, and dried tropical fruits finish. A delicious and captivating Whisky that inundates the senses with luxury.
97 points $199.99
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$469.99
Copper color. Aromas of madeira cake, raisins and roasted walnuts, leather, and roasted meats with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a hot, engaging, long coffee gelato, soft licorice, and ripe red apple finish. A bold, full-bodied Single Malt with serious wine influence; a flavor-packed indulgence.
96 points $469.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$69.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of ginger-passionfruit preserves, spiced apples, lime cordial, and dried mango with a round, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, gigantic, very long finish with nuances of caramel, honey-roasted macadamia, roasted yellow bell pepper, allspice, anise, minerals, and pineapple finish. A tropical, super complex Single Malt with the minerality and finesse of a fine wine but the power of brute 57.1% ABV.
95 points $69.99
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$299.99
Dark copper color. Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, molasses, black tea, sarsaparilla, and dark chocolate with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a complex, long buttered black bread and pineapple chutney finish. A brawny, memorable Single Malt with a lively melange of tropical flavors; a must-try.
95 points $299.99
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$124.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of peach tea with honey, hints of saffron, leather, iced apricot danish, and white peppercorn with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toasted brioche, coconut latte, caramel-drizzled apples, whipped honey on rye crisps, and limestone finish. A finely crafted Single Malt with a hypnotic, come-hither personality
94 points $124.99
Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$599.99
Mahogany color. Aromas of smoked almonds, dark chocolate, raisins, currants, and citrus zest with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, long licorice, black peppercorns, hot cinnamon, and cumin finish. A spicy, chocolatey dram in an over-the-top style for lovers of full-bodied, full-throttle whiskies.
94 points $599.99
Kavalan Solist Pedro Ximénez Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$699.99
Bright mahogany color. Aromas of molasses, almond biscotti, leather, olives, tamari, toasted coconut, and red bean confection with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long chocolate truffle, cloud berry, star anise, carob, raisins, and dried figs finish. A chewy, sherry-influenced tropical whiskey that will be very attractive to rum drinkers.
94 points $699.99
Kavalan Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$149.99
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of stewed black fruits, ground peanuts, swiss cheese, and pancake syrup with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity sweet full body and a searing, thought-provoking, long finish with shades of chocolate covered caramel and peanut butter, molasses, candied peanuts, and dried pineapple finish. A super-rich and full bodied whiskey that will play well in high-end cocktails.
94 points $149.99