King Car

The distillery was build in 2005 and named after the indigenous 'Kavalan' who  inhabited the Kabalan Plain where the site is located.  The first bottling was made in 2008 and since then numerous Kavalan's have gone on to win industry awards. Given the high temperature and humidity, maturation is achieved much faster in Taiwan and therefore most bottlings, despite being less than 10 years of age show remarkable depth and character. 


Kavalan Classic Single Malt

Posted 19 May 2017

There are many variables at play when it comes to cask maturation, but one thing is for sure - the warmer it is, the faster the interaction of liquid and wood. It's very warm in Taiwan, and at King Car distillery they even close the warehouse windows in the summer to keep the heat in. Fortunately, it's also pretty humid too (often reaching 95%), so whilst the heat dramatically speeds up maturation, the humidity keeps the angel's share down to around 10-12%. That's still high though - most Scottish distilleries would guestimate their annual evaporation closer to 2%.


Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Cask

Posted 26 September 2017

Kavalan’s range of Solists expressions has grown rapidly over the past few years. From what could be considered as traditional styles in the form of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks we now have port, wine and brandy casks and in 2016 a myriad varieties of sherry styles were also released. The new 2016 bottlings are all fantastic, but they come with hefty (over £300) price tags, which seems like a whole new world when you’re talking about whisky which is only around 7-8 years of age. Nevertheless, the original ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Solists are still available (as they’re batch produced) and a lot less punishing on the wallet.


Kavalan Solist ex-Sherry Cask

Posted 18 August 2017

I've been somewhat remiss in keeping up with Kavalan reviews. We’ll fix that today by starting to explore King Car’s well-regarded single cask ‘Solist’ line of whiskies, starting with the Sherry Cask release. The Kavalan Solists maintain the classical music (Conductor, Concertmaster, Podium etc) link found across many of King Car bottlings, but with an odd spelling of the more commonly known ‘soloist’. Nit-picking aside the name is very apt as the range is made up of a growing range of single cask releases all designed to show off a particularly facet of King Car’s spirit.


King Car Conductor

Posted 06 June 2017

When your single-digit aged sherry expressions are commanding the same prices as mature Scottish stock from the 1960’s it’s fair to say that something spectacular has happened. So it is with King Car who, despite only being founded in 2005, have picked up a string of industry awards for their Kavalan Taiwanese single malt.