Kavalan marks 10 years with limited edition whiskies

5th December, 2018 by Owen Bellwood

Taiwanese distiller Kavalan has released two anniversary bottlings to celebrate a decade since the launch of its first whisky.

The 10th anniversary whiskies have been aged in casks that formerly held Bordeaux wine

The two anniversary whiskies have been aged in casks that previously held Bordeaux wines from the Margaux and Pauillac regions of France.

The limited edition Bordeaux Pauillac whisky is said to “burst with sumptuous flavours of ripened fruits of the forest, delicious toffee apple, and gentle cumin, coriander and pepper spices”. Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux, meanwhile, has notes of “warm caramel and buttery fudge, thick dark molasses and the soft sweetness of creamy vanilla”.

Kavalan Bordeaux Margaux and Kavalan Bordeaux Pauillac are both bottled at 57.8% abv and and available in one-litre formats, presented in a gift box that contains two Glencairn glasses.

Only 3,000 bottles of each whisky have been produced, each carrying an RRP of NT$8,800 (US$285).

Master blender Ian Chang said: “We were intrigued by the distinctive flavours that might be possible from this unique marriage between Kavalan, where we pursue perfection daily, and these prestigious châteaux, known for their centuries of excellence.”

Chang also explained that the project had been an experiment in “how the spirit of these incredibly rare wines, through their splendid casks, could transform into a very special Kavalan whisky”, and that innovation would continue to define Kavalan’s next 10 years.

Kavalan CEO YT Lee said: “At Kavalan we have always sought excellence as a foundation for our whisky as we look into the future and work toward our goal of becoming, what in Taiwan we call a ‘century-old distillery’, which is a brand capable of thriving even after hundreds of years.”

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