Taiwan’s Kavalan whiskies win big in San Francisco contest

Taipei, Taiwan's premier whiskies made by Kavalan Distillery has clinched nine double gold medals and four gold medals at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), the distillery's parent company said Wednesday.

Kavalan, owned by the King Car Group, is one of the newest and most technically advanced distilleries in the world and is located in Yuanshan, Yilan.

Among the gold medal winners were the King Car Conductor Single Malt, which took the prize for the best single malt whisky produced outside the United States, according to the results released Tuesday by SFWSC.

Kavalan Distillery has been dedicated to the art of producing single malt whisky since 2006, the company said in a press release.

In 2010, Kavalan shot to fame when it beat a trio of premium scotches in a blind tasting competition held by Time magazine.

After that achievement, Kavalan's sales tripled and demand for its products outstripped supply, particularly in Asia and the United States.

As the world's first subtropical whisky distiller, Kavalan is a pioneer and has collected more than 270 gold awards in various international spirits competitions over the past 10 years, according to the business group.

Founded in 2000, the SFWSC is one of the oldest competitions of its kind in the United States.

This year, there were more than 2,200 entries from around the world, the highest number in 18 years.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel