About Asian Spirits from Taiwan

About Asian Spirits from Taiwan
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

Asian Spirits

Kinmen Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 1958
93 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas of plantain peel and flesh, galangal, banana nut bran muffin, water chestnut pressed linen, and grass with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, nuanced, very long zucchini bread with chestnut honey, pink peppercorns, nut brittle, and minerals finish. A vivacious and tasty baijiu for all occasions.
Awards: 2017 Best Baijiu
Kinmen Baoyue Spring Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
92 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nut brittle, peppered roasted pineapple and apple, fruit pastry and teas, and model glue and chlorine with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, long finish with elements of nut and honey syrup, caramelized nuts and root vegetables, pepper and garlic, and fish tank finish. A rich, yet nuanced savory baijiu that will appeal to whisky drinkers.
Kinmen Battle Spirit Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
92 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of yeasty dough, drying paint and licked manilla envelope, magic marker cap, and roasted coconut water with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, captivating, long finish with notes of chestnut syrup, jackfruit, and pepper and olive tapenade finish. A vibrant, tropical baijiu for stimulating shots and rum cocktails.
Kinmen Superior Kaoliang Liquor
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of kimchi and toasted tofu, mineral spirits, anise candy, and marinated garlic with a tannic, vibrant, fruity full body and a hot, long finish with touches of cane stalk, bamboo, grilled citrus, and ginseng pudding finish. A robust, sweet and savory baijiu with a wide range of applications.
Kinmen Kaoliang Taiwan Merchant Selection Liquor
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of paint, caramelized bananas, roasted nut brittle, and hot pepper carob bar with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, long finish with shades of maple nut rice puff cereal, marinated figs and yams, wet wood, and beans and peas finish. A stalwart baijiu that is reminiscent of reposado tequila.
Kinmen Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor 76 Proof
91 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas of caulk and rubber cement, sherried drizzled tropical fruits, mesquite and ancho, and horseradish and smoked paprika with a tannic, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long marinated carrot and celeriac, vinegar-forward cole slaw, chestnut brittle, and cigar tobacco finish. An appetizing savory baijiu.
Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor
89 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas of stewed bananas and cherries in a metal pot, duct tape, bitter melon, and minerals and acetone with a tannic, medium-to-full body and a hot, very long hot pepper, rice powder, vanilla pudding, and coconut ash and cigar wrapper finish. A powerful, cachaça-like baijiu that commands attention.
Otake Dream Soju
89 points
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Earthy aromas of bamboo leaf and shoot, wax, dusty sticky bun, and wet rattan with a silky, dryish light body and an even, engaging, medium-length rice and wax candy, tapioca, and hint of garlic shoot finish. A delicious and nuanced soju with attractive flavor and style.
Awards: 2017 Best Soju
89 points $20 Best Buy
Kinmen Premium Kaoliang Liquor
88 points
Clear color. Curious aromas and flavors of wet latex paint and caulk on wood, grilled and caramelized pickles and citrus, wet rice paper, and squash with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of vanilla hemp milk, honeyed mixed radishes, and chalk and cedar mulch finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering baijiu that wakes the palate.
Kinmen Original Distilled No.21 Kaoliang Liquor
88 points
Brilliant clear color. Vaporous aromas and flavors of vinyl and acetone, banana chips, hot pepper marinated cucumber, and medicinal herb tincture with a lightly tannic, lively, sweet-and-sour full body and a peppery, complex, very long finish revealing notes of leek marmalade, Sichuan button, spicy zucchini pepper bread, and ginseng gum finish. A complex, tactile baijiu.