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Kavalan Wins Top Slots At Whisky Competition In Japan

  • Posted by: Craig | July 10, 2020

Kavalan Wins Top Slots At Whisky Competition In Japan

  • Posted by: Craig | July 10, 2020

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique crowned Best of the Best at Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2020.

Kavalan Taiwanese solitary malt whisky has actually raised a few eyebrows in Japan by taking 4 of the Top 10 ports at the current Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition 2020 consisting of the top 3 ports.

Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique topped the labourious blind sampling by prominent Japanese judges looking for what they think about to be the world’s ideal solitary malt.


To find the Tokyo Whisky & Spirits Competition’s “Best of the Best”, 128 single malts were trimmed to the most effective 14 contenders, which were assessed once more by 13 select courts.

Unbelievably in the final “Best of the Best” Top 10 ranking Kavalan placed first, second, and third.

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The Top 10 Single Malts Best of The Best TWSC 2020 are:

  1. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique (Best of the Best).
  2. Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask.
  3. Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Cask.
  4. The Essence of Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery Refill Sherry Cask.
  5. Komagatake 1991 28 Years Old Single Cask No. 160.
  6. The Essence of Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery Montilla Wine Cask.
  7. Tomatin 30 Years Old.
  8. Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry.
  9. Glenfiddich 21 Years Old.
  10. Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Small Batch Reserve.
    The distinctions didnt stop there, Kavalan likewise scooped “World Distillery of the Year” and also “World Single Malt – NAS” for its Solist Oloroso Sherry.

CEO Mr Y.T. Lee discussed the results, saying: “We are honoured to have been evaluated in this way by the respected Japanese whisky industry”.

Mamoru Tsuchiya, Chair of the TWSC Executive Committee, claimed: “This year’s results once more stand for a strong proving from Taiwan, such as Kavalan … Taiwan has actually shown their whisky-making prowess.”.

Kavalan obtained the most Superior Gold’s offered to specific whiskies, securing three of only eight. The full Kavalan medal haul from TWSC 2020 was:.

Best of the Best

  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique

Best World Distillery of the Year

  • Kavalan Distillery

World Single Malt Whisky Category Winner – NAS

  • Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry

3 Superior Gold

  • Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique
  • Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon
  • Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry

8 Gold

  • Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
  • Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Finish
  • Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask
  • Distillery Reserve Rum Cask
  • Kavalan King Car Conductor
  • Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak
  • Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry
  • Kavalan Solist Port

Judges for the TWSC competition which was established in 2018 were chosen from an elite group of Masters of Whisky, Whisky instructors, famous bartenders from throughout Japan, spirits industry importers, vendors, manufacturers, as well as reporters

Evaluating of the competitors would certainly have generally have actually been done by a panel of around 180 courts however as I am sure you can visualize this needed to be somewhat reduced this year due to the Covd-19 pandemic. This year each entry was decanted right into 20ml example bottles, prior to publishing to a trimmed down panel of just 37 judges.

Not to minimize Kavalan’s accomplishment in the competitors in any way, the scaled down number of judges can result in individual preferences in certain designs or brands of whisky come even more to the fore in the results but they absolutely do reconfirm what numerous whisky enthusiasts who have had the enjoyment of Kavalan single malt, their minimal launch Solist range as well as their others bottlings are worth seeking.

You will certainly discover the present Kavalan whisky array including many of their TWSC competitors winning whiskies offered from professional on the internet whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop as well as Master of Malt.

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