About
KAVALAN
Established in 2005, Kavalan is Taiwan’s first whiskymaker and the nation’s
only family-owned whisky distillery. Kavalan takes the old name of Yilan
county where the distillery is located in northeastern Taiwan.
The pure water and fresh air make this part of the subtropical island
the ideal environment for the production of whisky.

Kavalan Distillery is an entrepreneur’s dream come true. Mr. Tien-Tsai Lee,
the founder of King Car conglomerate had long dreamed of producing a
Taiwanese whisky, yet it was not until 2002 when Taiwan joined the WTO that his goal could be achieved.
The distillery brings together a professional whisky R&D team with a
world-class master blender, Ian Chang, as well as the expertise of renowned whisky specialist, the late Dr. Jim Swan.
The team implements the highly specialized distilling and blending
skills that King Car Group has cultivated for more than 30 years through
beverage experience and knowledge.
2005
Dec. 31st
The Kavalan Distillery was completed (9 months)
2006
Mar. 11th
The first new make left the spout in the spirit safe at exactly 15:30.
2008
Dec. 4th
The distillery was opened to the public. Meanwhile, the first Kavalan whisky, Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky, was released.
2009
2009 New whisky release
Kavalan Concertmaster Single Malt Whisky
2009 New whisky release
Solist ex-bourbon Single Malt Whisky
Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
2010
2010 New whisky release
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Winning News
Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky came top in a blind taste test for Burn’s Night organized by the Times.
Listing Whisky-producting region
For the first time, Taiwan is listed as a whisky-producing region in the Malt Whisky Yearbook.
2010
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Single Cask Strength and the second edition of Kavalan Solist Fino Single Cask Strength were released.
  • Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky came top in a blind taste test for Burn’s Night organized by the Times.
  • For the first time, Taiwan is listed as a whisky-producing region in the Malt Whisky Yearbook.
  • Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky was awarded a Gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SWSC).
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky was awarded the “Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky” in the World Whiskies Awards (WWA).
2011
2011 New whisky release
King Car Conductor (46% ABV) Single Malt Whisky, the first expression named after the King Car group hit the market, is released.
Winning News
Kavalan Distillery was awarded the Icons of Whisky “Visitor Attraction of the Year” award in the WWA.
Winning News
Kavalan Distillery was awarded the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Trophy for “Asia Pacific Spirit Producer of the Year” at the IWSC banquet in London.
2012
2012 New whisky release
Kavalan Podium (46%ABV) Single Malt Whisky
Winning News
Kavalan Distillery was named “Asia Pacific Spirits Producer Trophy of the Year” for second year running.
Winning News
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky was crowned with a Platinum medal and received a top 100-point rating in the International Review of Spirits Competition (IRS)
2012
  • Kavalan Podium (46%ABV) Single Malt Whisky was released.
  • Kavalan Distillery was named “Asia Pacific Spirits Producer Trophy of the Year” for second year running.
  • Kavalan Solist Fino Single Cask Strength was crowned with a Platinum medal and received a top 100-point rating in the International Review of Spirits Competition (IRS).
  • King Car Conductor was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal and a Trophy in the IWSC.
2013
Winnng News
Kavalan Distillery was awarded the Icons of Whisky, "Visitor Attraction of the Year" in the WWA for second year running.
Winnng News
Kavalan Distillery was crowned with top award "Asia Pacific Spirits Producer of the Year" in IWSC for the third consecutive year.
Winnng News
Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal and a Trophy in the IWSC.
2013
  • Kavalan Solist Fino Single Cask Strength was crowned with a Platinum medal and received a top 100-point rating in the IRS.
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal and a Trophy in the IWSC.
  • Kavalan Distillery was awarded the Icons of Whisky “Visitor Attraction of the Year” in the WWA for the second year running.
  • Kavalan Distillery was crowned with top award “Asia Pacific Spirits Producer of the Year” in the IWSC for the third consecutive year.
2014
Winning News
Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength was awarded Gold, Supreme Champion, and Supreme Winner in the Malt Maniacs Awards (MMA) and Kavalan Distillery Reserve was awarded the “Best Peated Whisky” award.
Winning News
Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength was crowned with a Platinum medal and a top 100-point rating in the IRS.
Winning News
Kavalan Classic single malt whisky was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal and a Trophy in the IWSC.
2014
  • Kavalan Solist Fino Single Cask Strength was crowned with a Platinum medal and a top 100-point rating in the IRS.
  • The distillery has by now received over 100 gold medals.
  • Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal and a Trophy in the IWSC.
2015
2015 New whisky release
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength
Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength
PX Sherry Single Cask Strength
Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength
Winning News
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength was awarded the “World’s Best Single Malt” and the “Best Asian Single Malt” in the WWA.
Kavalan Distillery
Kavalan Distillery was crowned with top award “Asia Pacific Spirits Producer of the Year” in the IWSC for the fourth consecutive year.
2015
  • Kavalan Distillery was awarded the Icons of Whisky “Brand Innovator of the Year”.
  • Master Blender Ian Chang was awarded the “Master Distiller of the Year” in the WWA
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength was awarded the “World’s Best Single Malt” and the “Best Asian Single Malt” in the WWA.
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength and King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky were awarded Double Gold medals in the SWSC.
  • Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky was awarded the “Asian Whisky of The Year” by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
  • Kavalan Distillery was awarded the “Best Distillery of the Year” in the SWSC.
  • Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky was awarded Gold-Best in Class Medal in the International Spirits Challenge (ISC).
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength, Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength were awarded Platinum Medals in IRS.
  • Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky was awarded a Gold Outstanding medal in the IWSC.
  • The second Maturation Warehouse was completed.
  • Kavalan Distillery was crowned with top award “Asia Pacific Spirits Producer of the Year” in the IWSC for the fourth consecutive year.
2016
January
Kavalan Distillery was awarded the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Trophy for “Worldwide Whiskey Producer Of The Year” at the IWSC banquet in London.
2016 New whisky release
Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Winning News
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength was awarded the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt in the WWA.
2016
  • The third production line was completed.
  • Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky was released.
  • Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength was awarded the World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt in the WWA.
  • Kavalan wins the WWA’s ‘World’s Best Whisky’ two years in a row.
  • Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry Single Cask Strength, and Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength were awarded the Double Gold medals in the SWSC.
  • Kavalan Podium,Kavalan Solist ex-Gourbon Single Cask,Kavalan Solist Brandy Single Cask,Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask were awarded Gold medals in the ISC.
  • Kavalan Solist ex-bourbon Single Cask Strength was awarded a Trophy in the ISC.
  • Kavalan Solist Port Single Cask Strength was awarded a Gold Outstanding in the IWSC.
  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Concertmaster,Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength were awarded the Gold medals in the IWSC.
  • Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Solist Sherry Single Cask Strength,Kavalan Sherry Oak, were awarded Platinum medals in the IRS.
  • Kavalan Solist Moscatel Sherry Single Cask Strength was awarded the “Asian Whisky of The Year” by the Whisky Bible.
  • Kavalan Distillery was awarded the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Trophy for “Worldwide Whiskey Producer Of The Year” at the IWSC banquet in London.