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 Artist Series: Paul Chiang French Wine Cask Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
98 points
$159.99
Copper color. Spicy aromas and flavors of molasses cookie, pumpkin loaf, cola, and chai latte with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of tropical tea, grapefruit, and fruit and nut press. A distinctively tropical Single Malt with endlessly satisfying complexity.
98 points $159.99
Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
96 points
$89.99
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of polished saddle leather, roasted hazelnuts drizzled in dark cocoa, grilled cedar planks, and goji berries with a satiny, bone-dry full body and a hot, very complex, very long finish that shows notes of nutella melting on a vinyl pool toy, and in the best possible way, mole sauce, and lavender honey on brioche. A smoky, salty, and just plain beautiful savory sipper.
96 points $89.99
Kavalan Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
95 points
$119.99
Dark amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of roasted peach, pound cake, marzipan, brown sugar, and black tea with a velvety, bright, dryish full body and a warming, thought-provoking, endless finish with elements of dates, hints of white flowers, dark chocolate, and aniseed. A deliciously integrated, velvety Whisky with an evolving and endlessly satisfying finish.
95 points $119.99
Kavalan Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured Single Cask Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$119.99
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, carob, salted cajeta, marcona almond, dark berry jam, dill, and molasses with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long finish with suggestions of ripe plum and nut butter. Intense caramelized flavors enthrall the palate while nuances of dark juicy fruits offer complexity and distinction.
94 points $119.99
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$128.99
Gold color. Inviting aromas of warm sesame bun, juicy plum, roasted peach, caramel, and sea salt with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, very complex, long ripe kiwi, dark chocolate with roasted almonds, carob, and black licorice finish. An unwavering Single Malt that delivers power, length and an elegantly tropical vibe.
94 points $128.99
Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$153.99
Amber color. Aromas of candied almonds, sorghum, soy, spice cake, and chestnut honey with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-long chocolate biscuit, flan, and brazil nuts finish. A nutty, sherried Whisky for fans of the style.
93 points $153.99
King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$139.99
Dark amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of sesame brittle, hints of olives, darkest chocolate, and hazelnut with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits touches of caramel, starfruit, ripe peach, and spiced honey. A bold and distinctive sensory journey for flavor-seekers.
92 points $139.99
Kavalan Artist Series: Paul Chiang Peated Malt Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
92 points
$159.99
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of sunflower butter, honey graham cracker, dates, soy, and german chocolate cake with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a hot, complex, very long finish with notes of chestnut honey, sticky toffee pudding, clove, leather, and grilled apples. A robust, savory Single Malt that marches to the beat of its own drum.
92 points $159.99
Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
90 points
$179.99
Dark mahogany color. Aromas of raisin, pedro ximenez sherry, salted toffee, licorice, and dark roasted peanuts with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length molasses, green apple, black pepper, and char grilled pineapple finish. An intense Single Malt with huge sherry notes; a very interesting and flavorful cocktail ingredient.
90 points $179.99
Kavalan Gin
89 points
$34.99
Gin
Clear color. Interesting, medicinal, herbal aromas of BBQ rub, smoked paprika, peach-mango chutney, and piney herb with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long candied lilacs, floral honey on cheese cracker, Meyer lemon and pomelo marmalades, and jasmine tea finish. An intriguing ride of savory, floral, and sweet aromas and flavors keeps this rather unique Gin top-of-mind for sipping or creative cocktail play.
89 points $34.99