King Car Distillery
The distillery’s founder spent years searching for the perfect site and, after finding the cold, pure spring water flowing through the Snow Mountain and the cleanest air in the country, Yilan in Northeast Taiwan was chosen as the location for the King Car distillery. Taiwan’s sub-tropical climate also provides Kavalan with another advantage: their whiskies age and mature at a faster rate than those produced in different regions across the globe. Aside from purchasing copper stills from abroad, Kavalan brought in professional whisky consultant Dr Jim Swan to implement highly specialised distilling and blending as well as inviting a world-class specialist to join its R&D team. These investments in the distillery and its people ensure Kavalan whisky is of the highest standard possible.
Rich and dark flavours dominate from the very beginning: raisins, stewed prunes, PX-sherry sweetness, marzipan, spiced fruit cake and salty liquorice. The palate is more savoury than suggested from the nose, although still packed with fruit – sour plums, sharp red grapes and cloves are joined by rich fruit cake, cinnamon sugar, marzipan and a background hint of black liquorice. Water helps open up the whisky, adding butter and cream, and sweetening the fruity notes. Long and spicy finish, with dark fruit and clove lingering.
Best served neat