Founded in 2002
The King Car Distillery, also known as Kavalan Distillery is located at the boundary of Yi-Lan Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The plan for the distillery was initiated in 2002, and construction was finished in 2005 in just 9 months. The first Whisky ran through the spirit safe in 2006.

In December 2008, the first bottle of Kavalan single Malt was released and they had great success. From 2009 to 2011 the distillery came out with new expressions of Kavalan. In 2011, a new King Car Whisky was introduced as King Car Conductor.

By 2016, between the master blender and the distillery itself, there were over 100 awards won in the name of Whisky. The water is acquired from the Snow and Central Mountains. The barley is imported from Scotland.

There is a copper mash tun that goes through the mashing process for 8 hours. The washbacks are stainless steel. 

There are three rounds of fermentation in King Car. One for 10 hours with a core fermenter to produce massive amounts of alcohol, and the other for 20 hours with a yeast called "fruit producer."

A final round of lactic fermentation for 30 hours completes the cycle. There are 4 pot stills in the distillery, and the Whisky ages in Bourbon, Sherry, Fino casks in a 5 story warehouse.

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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

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toasted oak
dried fruit
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dark chocolate
What does King Car taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in King Car Taiwanese Whisky. It's based on all King Car drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste King Car before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
  • Established
  • Owner
    King Car Group
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    326, Section 2, Yuan-shan Road, Yuan-Shan, Yi-Lan, Taiwan
  • Phone
    00 886 3922 9000
  • Website
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The distillery receives 1 million visitors per year, 30% of which are foreign tourists.

The King Car Group also works with coffee, they really emphasize the importance of grinding it, so they give the same importance to the grinding of barley in the Whisky distillery.

The distillery used hybrid stills until 2006, which were discontinuous stills, with pot stills on the bottom and a short column on top.
Video from King Car
Video transcription
Transcending the boundary of time and space in search of an extraordinary legacy of classics. Year is not the only concern. Only classics can become eternal. One sees collectibles worthy of praise in a mesmerizing aura of mellowness and richness.

Kavalan single malt Whisky. Kavalan is the old name of Yilan. Owing to the pure, luscious headwaters from the ancient Hsuehshan Range, the gentle Pacific breeze along with the pure water quality gave birth to the unique environment in the Kavalan Distillery.

The Kavalan Distillery invited internationally renowned Whisky expert, Dr. Jim Swan, as the Chief Consultant and boasts its world-class brewery equipment and stills. All the steps in the production process are seamlessly executed and completed in the Kavalan Distillery, from milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation, blending, to bottling.

At the second distillation, the exclusive tropical fruit aroma of our Kavalan Whisky matures with the air. The warm and humid climate of our Yilan in Taiwan is just right to accommodate the Whisky's aging in its oak barrels, which defies the myth of age statement for Whisky.

Kavalan Whisky has stunned observers on the world stage, not only winning the Burn's Night blind taste test held by the British newspaper, "The Times," but also winning the IWSC trophy for Asia Pacific Spirit Producer of the Year three years in a row.

The smooth, sweet taste and extraordinary flavor of Kavalan. From our adherence to painstaking technique, we have created a world-renowned new home for Whisky. Kavalan single malt Whisky. Pure Taiwan.

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