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Anchor Distilling Co. brings Taiwan’s Kavalan whisky to the U.S. market

Kavalan single  malt whiskyAnchor Distilling Company announces the U.S. launch of Kavalan, the first whisky distillery built in Taiwan, with bottles of all seven expressions arriving on shelves April 25th, 2014: Kavalan Classic, Kavalan Concertmaster, Kavalan King Car Conductor, Kavalan Fino Sherry Cask, Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask, Kavalan Sherry Cask and Kavalan Vinho Barrique.

Kavalan, which means “flatland people,” is named after the Taiwanese aboriginal ethnic group that originally inhabited modern-day Yilan County, where the Kavalan distillery resides. The warm sub-tropical climate of Taiwan ensures the whiskies mature faster than their Scottish, American and Japanese counterparts.

Accounting for the tastes of Taiwanese drinkers, Kavalan whiskies boast fruitier flavor profiles, thanks to modifications such as stainless steel fermentation tanks, oil-based fuel instead of peat, and ex-sherry, port and bourbon barrels for aging; all Kavalan whiskies are cask strength, non-chill filtered and natural in color.

Kavalan Classic Whisky (43% ABV / $89.99 SRP) – The first whisky produced by the distillery.

Kavalan Concertmaster Whisky (43% ABV / $99.99 SRP) – Concertmaster uses Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage port wine casks.

Kavalan King Car Conductor Whisky (46% ABV / $ $119.99 SRP) – King Car Conductor is one of the latest releases from the Kavalan distillery and the first expression named for the conglomerate.

Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Cask Whisky (Limited Supply / 55-60% ABV / $159.99 SRP) – Ex-Bourbon Cask is matured in American ex-bourbon casks.

Kavalan Vinho Barrique Whisky (Limited Supply / 55-60% ABV / $159.99 SRP) – Vinho is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been toasted and re-charred.

Kavalan Sherry Cask Whisky (Limited Supply / 55-60% ABV / $184.99 SRP) – Sherry Cask is matured in Oloroso sherry casks.

Kavalan Fino Sherry Cask Whisky (Limited Supply / 55-60% ABV / $424.99 SRP) – Fino Sherry Cask is matured in top fino sherry butts.

For more information on Kavalan or distribution, visit


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