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Taiwan’s Kavalan inaugurates second distillery

Taiwanese whisky producer Kavalan has opened its second distillery, set to double capacity to 10 million bottles per year.

kavalan-new-distillery-opening-web-socialThe news comes as the brand marks the 10th anniversary of Taiwan-made whisky, and releases a rum cask-aged whisky in time for the festive season.

At the opening of the new distillery, CEO Y.T. Lee looked back to 11 March 2016 when the first new-make flowed from the stills.

Kavalan's new rum cask release marking the distillery's 10th anniversary
Kavalan’s new rum cask release marking the distillery’s 10th anniversary

“Before 2006, all this was nothing more than a pipe dream,” said Lee. “Yet 10 years later, we have enough demand for Kavalan that we’re celebrating a doubling in our capacity to 10 million bottles with our second distillery.”

Also speaking at the event, IWSC outgoing managing director Ewan Lacey said the distillery’s decade-long journey contributed to a “broadening of the world of whisky both in terms of creating a new frontier and a new philosophy.”

Other noted guests at the inauguration included Kavalan chief consultant Dr. Jim Swan and Ricard Forsyth of the Forsyths stills maker.

Released at the event, Kavalan Reserve Rum Cask Single Cask Strength has given tasting notes of melon, papaya, clove and root ginger.

Earlier this year, Kavalan took out billboard ads in New York’s Times Square as it seeks to grow its international footprint.


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