World whisky brands to watch in 2021

Distillers in Australia, Finland and Taiwan are pushing boundaries in production with game-changing technology and innovative bottlings. We predict the brands that will take the world whisky category by storm next year. Up‐and‐coming whisky‐making regions are keen to show they are serious contenders on the global whisky stage. Australian producer Archie Rose Distilling Co, Taiwanese distiller Kavalan, and Sweden’s Mackmyra are all adding fresh flavour to the whisky category – and are a hit with…

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A drink with… Kaitlyn Tsai, Kavalan

Kaitlyn Tsai, brand ambassador and global PR officer for Taiwanese distiller Kavalan, on changing consumers’ perception of world whisky. How did you get into whisky? My childhood memories are of playing in Yilan County’s lush green rice fields. I’ve visited Kavalan Distillery many times since I grew up. The first time I tried whisky neat was at the public tasting area at the distillery. In 2014, I thought Kavalan was magnificent in creating a new…

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Top 10 award-winning world whiskies

Countries such as Australia, India and Taiwan are shining a spotlight on the world whisky category with producers offering high-quality and innovative bottlings. We present the products that grabbed the top accolades from our latest blind-tasting. The Spirits Business held its annual World Whisky Masters last month. The competition was held in a new format due to Covid-19 with the judges tasting the expressions in their own homes to maintain physical distancing. As with a number of our…

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Kavalan creates second STR whisky

Taiwanese producer Kavalan will release its second shaved, toasted and re-charred (STR) whisky in October, which will also be the distillery’s first peated expression. The second STR whisky from Kavalan will launch in Taiwan as part of a four-bottle Christmas set. The new make spirit used to make the whisky was distilled from peated barley. Kavalan’s first STR whisky, Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength, is part of the distillery’s Solist series and is…

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The World Whisky Masters 2020 results

Many of the producers and countries in this year’s competition confirmed newer whisky-producing regions have made leaps and bounds in recent years when it comes to their liquid. While more established whisky categories, such as Scotch, continue to pique consumer interest globally, producers from less‐developed whisky‐making regions are also attracting attention. Japan’s craftsmanship is a worldwide phenomenon that has left producers playing catch‐up as demand for their products continues to soar. Hop over to Australia…

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