Kavalan, which means “flatland people,” is named after the Taiwanese aboriginal ethnic group that originally inhabited modern-day Yilan County where the distillery resides. Yilan was chosen by Blender Ian Chang and internationally renowned whisky expert and consultant to Kavalan, Dr. Jim Swan, for its proximity to the cold spring water of Snow Mountain and salty Pacific Ocean air. The subtropical heat and high humidity of Yilan cause an accelerated maturation ensuring a rich, complex whisky in a few short years. At Kavalan, it is referred to as “Maturity Redefined”.
Since its release in 2008, Kavalan has received dozens of international whisky awards and titles, beating out traditional Scottish, American and Japanese brands alike causing a shift in the world of whisky and a conversation surrounding age statements.