Taiwan’s Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique is now officially the best single malt whiskey on earth.
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique, which has previously won a number of prizes including a gold awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute, is named the best single malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, the Independent reported.
The ceremony also saw prizes go to whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Ireland, France, Sweden, South Africa, Australia and the US.
It is produced by the King Car distillery, founded in 2005, in the Yilan County area of the island where it is matured in American oak barrels that previously held white and red wines.
The taste is described by the WWA website as: “Surprisingly smooth on the palate. It’s like Bourbon-infused milk chocolate” and “Immediately and subtly liquor rich.”
The whisky, which has an ABV of 58.6 per cent, was named New Whisky of the year in The Whisky Bible in 2012, won a gold award at the Beverage Tasting Institute in the same year and was included in Ian Buxton’s 2010 book ‘101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die.’
A 700ml bottle of Kavalan can be purchased at Tesco, Waitrose or Ocado for 40 pounds according to price comparison website MySupermarket.