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Taiwan-produced whisky named world's best in awards

Taiwan-produced whisky named world's best in awards

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) The "World's Best Single Malt Whisky 2015" is Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique made by Taiwan's King Car distillery in Yilan County, according to the World Whiskies Awards website. The World Whiskies Awards are part of the prestigious World Drinks Awards programme, launched in 2007 with the World Whiskies Awards and World Beer Awards. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the World Whiskies Awards select, reward and promote the best Whisky Taste and Design to consumers and trade across the globe, according to the website.
The contest's judges described the malt as "surprisingly smooth on the palate" and added: "it's like Bourbon infused milk chocolate." The WWA used these words to describe this year's winner: "Lots of stewed fruits on the nose. There's also aged Bourbon notes. Water brings out custard creams. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. The alcohol is very present. It's like Bourbon infused milk chocolate. "Another nutty, meaty, savoury nose, with sweet notes in the backdrop. Very sweet pruney flavours initially on the palate, with fruit cake and big clove, chilli and dry cinnamon. Walnut and hazelnut on the very dry finish. A Time Magazine Food and Drink newsfeed on the awards written by David Stout was titled: "You Won't Believe Where the World's Best Whiskey Comes From." Wrote Stout: "Taiwan's Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique is now officially the best single malt whiskey on earth, according to the World Whiskies Awards." The spirit is produced at the King Car distillery in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan County, where the whiskey is aged in American oak barrels that once stored white and red wines, Time reported. The distillery, which went operational just a decade ago, has been racking up awards in recent years and getting nods from some of the world's top single-malt connoisseurs. In 2012, the Jim Murray's Whisky Bible named Kavalan's Solist Fino Sherry Cask malt the "new whisky of the year." (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-03-05 10:02 GMT+08:00