Yuan Shan Distillery, which is the first distillery in Taiwan, located in the northeastern part of the country in Yilan Counnty, only one hour from Taipei, Republic of China's capital and Taiwan's largest city with 2,619,022 inhabitants. The name "Kavalan" comes from the earliest tribe that inhabited the area.
The distiller is located on a plateau between two mountains, in a place where the company describes already a mineral water plant. The construction of the distillery began in April 2005 and was already completed in December the same year! The first distillation was begun on 11 Marst 2006 at. 15:30, local time, after one in the interim had commissioned and tested destillationsanlægene, with help from Dr. Jim Swan, also known for his work with Kilchoman, Penderyn and Annandale. The distiller is located in a climate area where the temperature fluctuates annually between 10 ° C to 40 ° C, resulting in a significantly higher evaporation at 15-20% per year in contrast to the more sedate Scotland 2-3%. The high temperature also causes the maturation of the spirits accelerates so that after a few years a Whisky it takes considerably longer to mature in Scotland. The downside, however, is that the barrels already after 5-6 years will be empty, so you are forced to bottle the whiskey before then. The distillery importing primarily their grain (barley) from "Baird'si Inverness, Scotland, but also from the rest of Scotland and Scandinavia. The distillery has four boilers with an annual capacity today 1,300,000 liters of alcohol. The number of boilers, however, it increases to 10 during 2015 and 2016. The distillery warehouse halls are five floors high. In the four lower are barrels a stacked on pallets. On the fifth the barrels are stacked on the traditional Scottish manner (in layers - on top of each other). The barrels are tethered together , because of the risk of earthquakes. On the upper floors the temperature reaches as high as 42 ° C. Storage halls have a total capacity of 60,000 barrels -and distillery is already lacking storage space. Kavalan primarily use barrels of American white oak as it is the wood that gives the best maturation in the subtropical climate. All Whisky released from Yuan Shan Distillery is matured for at least four years. The distillery began from the end of 2012 to export whiskey to Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada and certain countries in Europe, including Denmark. During 2013, exports expanded to the rest of the world. The distillery was expanded with a visitor center in 2011 and has no less than 1,000,000 visitors per. years -omtrent the same as every distillery in Scotland, together. Yuan Shan Distillery owned by King Car Group has just over 2,000 employees. King Car Group was founded in 1956 and engaged, in addition to whiskey production, including biotechnology and auquaculture, as they are known for their "ready-to-drink coffee" - Mr. Brown also ekspoteres to Europe.
Kavalan was also known worldwide as the newspaper The Telegraph, organized a blind test for Burns Night 2010. Kavalan won the contest. However, it must be said that the only comparable competitor enter was a bottle of The English Whisky Society and Bruichladdich's X4+3. The rest was cheap Blends. Subsequently, however, they have won several awards, among others. a. "Best Rest of the World Single Malt Whisky 2010" and the "International Spirits Challenge's Gold medal 2010". In 2015, the Kavalan Vinho Barrique expression named the world's best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards.