Kavalan wins International Spirits Challenge ‘Trophy’ twice in a row

Kavalan

Kavalan Whisky has collected the biggest award in its category at the International Spirits Challenge (ISC) for the second year running.

The Taiwan company has won the ISC ‘Trophy’ for its Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength.

Kavalan’s technical consultant, the late Dr Jim Swan – who was instrumental in building the brand – also received the ISC’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ – the highest accolade for an individual in the spirits industry.

“When we started making whisky in Taiwan no one had done this before, and it seemed an impossible venture, we had the help of the best expert in the industry” said Kavalan CEO Mr YT Lee Luckily.

“By refusing to give up, Kavalan has become recognised for fine whisky, which we owe to Dr Swan. I’d like to dedicate this 2017 Trophy to Dr Swan.”

The Trophy follows the awarding of Gold medals every year in June.

Kavalan last month collected the biggest number of golds in the category: four top medals for its limited edition Distillery Reserve Single Malt Rum Cask, Podium Single Malt, ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt as well as the Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength.

As the pioneer of Taiwanese whisky, Kavalan has successively won the industry’s highest awards.

Its Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength was named the ‘World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt Whisky’ in 2016 by the prestigious World Whiskies Awards (WWA) and its Solist Vinho Barrique won the 2015 ‘World’s Best Single Malt Whisky’.