Kavalan single malt is produced at Yuan Shand Distillery located in Yilan County in Taiwan. The distillery was built in 2005 and started bottling Kavalan single malt three years later.
The name derives from the tribe, which inhabited Yilan in ancient times. Kavalan single malt took whisky world by the storm, it has participated in whisky competitions globally since 2008 and has made tremendous achievements time and again. In April 2016 Whisky Magazine crowned Kavalan Amontillado Sherry Cask the World Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky. (Amontillado is a dry sherry, darker than Fino but lighter than Oloroso.)
Nose: very rich, barley malt, vanilla, toffee, peanut butter, hazelnuts, coconut flakes, dried apricots, hints of cinnamon and tobacco.
Palate: fruity and nutty, honeydew melon, passion fruit, cappuccino, toasted almonds, toffee, milk chocolate and just a touch of oak.
Finish: fairly long, nutty, with fruity and peppery notes.