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Named after the indigenous people of Taiwan, Kavalan distillery is the first and only whiskey distillery in Taiwan. Situated an hour away from Taipei, this distillery (built in 2005) is the size of 30 football fields. It is possibly one of the most visited distilleries in the world, greeting more than one million visitors per year. Though this sounds like a commercial production, the whiskeys (single malts only) are hardly so – the Kavalan whiskeys are all complex, different and are all limited in production (each cask produces a number of bottles, and bottle is labelled and dated, indicating its limitability). We lay out Kavalan's selection so far in order of alcoholic strength, although if you'd like to skip us and go straight to buying the bottles, Fine Spirits by La Maison du Whisky is the place.
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Kavalan Single Malt ($109) | This bright yellow gold whiskey is stored in a bottle in the shape of Taiwan's famous building – and once the world's tallest skyscraper – Taipei 101. First released in December 2008, this is Kavalan's classic. Made in six different types of casks, it has a strong, clean nose with complex, ripe fruit (mangoes, vanilla and coconut) and floral taste. The finish is warm, woody and a little oily with perks of citrus and liquorice.