TAIPEI, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unexpected outcome, Kavalan's Solist Vinho Barrique has topped a gruelling blind tasting by prestigious Japanese judges in search of the world's best single malt.
To find the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits (TWSC) Competition's "Best of the Best," 128 single malts were whittled down to the best 14 contenders, which were assessed again by 13 select judges.
In the final ranking, Kavalan placed first, second, and third.
TWSC2020 Best of the Best Top 10 Single Malts
In addition, Kavalan scooped "World Distillery of the Year" and "World Single Malt - NAS" for its Solist Oloroso Sherry.
CEO Mr Y.T. Lee said the results were humbling and completely unexpected.
"We are honoured to have been judged in this way by the prestigious Japanese whisky industry," Mr Lee said.
Mamoru Tsuchiya, Chair of the TWSC Executive Committee, said: "This year's results once again represent a strong showing from Taiwan, such as Kavalan ... Taiwan has demonstrated their whisky-making prowess."
Kavalan received the most Superior Golds given to individual whiskies, clinching three of only eight.
Best of the Best
Best World Distillery of the Year
World Single Malt Whisky Category Winner - NAS
3 Superior Gold
Judges were selected from an elite group of Masters of Whisky, Whisky instructors, famous bartenders from throughout Japan, spirits industry importers, sellers, makers, and journalists.
About Kavalan Distillery
Kavalan Distillery in Yilan County has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Taiwan since 2005. Our whisky, aged in intense humidity and heat, sources the meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is enhanced by sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create Kavalan's signature creaminess. Taking Yilan County's old name, our distillery is backed by about 40 years of beverage-making under parent company, King Car Group. We have collected more than 400 gold awards or higher from the industry's most competitive contests. Visit www.kavalanwhisky.com
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