Kavalan is Taiwan's first whiskey producer and the nation's only family-run distillery. Founded in 2005 in Yilan, in the northeast of the island, the Kavalan distillery takes its name from an ancient tribe of the region. The air currents of the place increase the transpiration of the barrels, making the maturation of the whiskey faster and giving it a strong character. A Taiwanese whiskey in fact reaches its full maturity in 3-5 years of aging, compared to 15-18 years of a Scotch whiskey.
The Kavalan distillery whiskeys are aged in oak barrels previously used for the aging of bourbon, sherry, rum or wine. As evidence of the quality of its production, the Kavalan distillery has been awarded several prizes and awards at international level for its exceptional whiskey, named Best Non-Scottish Whiskey by the newspaper Whiskey Magazine in 2010. The distillery owns 35 thousand barrels for aging, all of oak previously used for bourbon or sherry, for an annual production of about 9 million bottles