NewsKavalan Wins Best Visitor Attraction At Icons Of Whisky 2021

Kavalan Wins Best Visitor Attraction At Icons Of Whisky 2021

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Kavalan has won two awards at the Icons of Whisky Rest of World 2021, including Best Visitor Attraction. Kaitlyn Tsai, the Taiwanese distillery’s brand ambassador, won “World Whisky Brand Ambassador.”

This is the third time Kavalan Distillery has been named Icon’s 2021 Visitor Attraction. This year’s prize recognizes the innovation of a distillery dedicated to telling the story of Kavalan whisky. In 2020, the distillery completed its “Kavalan Garden Hall” by incorporating an island cocktail bar, redesigned DIY Whisky Lab and tasting room that offers the complete Kavalan range and distillery-exclusive cask-to-glass whiskies. Garden Hall aims to highlight the natural environment of the distillery and provide visitors with an immersive space to experience the Kavalan brand.

Kaitlyn Tsai Icons Of Whisky 2021

Icons of Whisky’s 2021 World Whisky Brand Ambassador award celebrates Kaitlyn Tsai’s unique skills in promoting not just Kavalan, but also the land it’s from. In Kaitlyn’s masterclasses and interviews she eloquently explains how the natural beauty of Yilan County shapes a whisky known for its complexity, depth and smoothness. Time and again, Kaitlyn channels her passion for Taiwan’s whisky into painting an unforgettable picture of a remarkable whisky. Earlier this month, we sat down with Kaitlyn to discuss Yilan County, the distillery, Dr Jim Swan and how Kavalan grew into one of the top brands in the whisky world.

As always, the Icons of Whisky ROW 2021 awards featured some of the most intriguing whisky brands in the world. Check out the complete list of winner from this year’s competition below:

Icons of Whiskies Rest of World 2021 Winners and Highly Commended

Distiller

Winner

Mackmyra

Highly Commended

Distell

Craft Producer

Winner

Milk & Honey Distillery

Highly Commended

Basque Moonshiners

Sustainable Distillery

Winner

Mackmyra

Highly Commended

English Whisky Company

Brand Innovator

Winner

Stauning Whisky

Highly Commended

Copper Republic Distilling

Visitor Attraction

Winner

Kavalan Distillery

Highly Commended

Cotswolds Distillery

Distillery Manager

Winner

Roger Melander, High Coast Whisky

Highly Commended

David Dube, Bains Whisky

Master Distiller / Master Blender

Winner

Dhavall Gandhi, The Lakes Distillery

Highly Commended

David Fitt, English Whisky Company

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador

Winner

Nicola Riske, The Macallan

Highly Commended

Dave Worthington, That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador

Winner

Naomi Laurie, Bresser & Timmer (Teeling Whiskey)

World Whisky Brand Ambassador

Winner

Kaitlyn Tsai, Kavalan Distillery

Highly Commended

Shilton Almeida, Paul John

Visitor Attraction Manager

Winner

Simon Dicks, James Sedgwick Distillery

Highly Commended

Isabelle ‘s Heeren, The Owl Distillery

Single Outlet Retailer

Winner

WhiskyBrother

Highly Commended

Whisky Shop Ukraine

Multiple Outlets Retailer

Winner

The Whisky Exchange

Online Retailer

Winner

The Whisky Exchange

Highly Commended

WhiskyBrother

Supermarket

Winner

Aldi

Highly Commended

Booths

Own Brand Supermarket

Winner

Lidl

Highly Commended

Aldi

Whisky Buyer

Winner

Dawn Davies, The Whisky Exchange

Highly Commended

Guy Hodcroft, Master of Malt

Whisky Hotel Bar

Winner

Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Highly Commended

Bar The Tailor, Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam

Whisky Bar Group

Winner

Milroy’s of Soho

PR Agency

Winner

Story PR

Design Agency

Winner

Nude Brand Creation

Highly Commended

Stranger and Stranger

Communicator

Winner

Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

Highly Commended

Emma Briones, Todo Whisky

Kavalan, meanwhile, also scored a clutch of top medals in the 2021 World Whiskies Awards (WWA). “Best Taiwanese Single Cask Single Malt” went to Kavalan’s Solist Oloroso Sherry, and “Best Taiwan Single Malt” went to Kavalan Podium, making it the second time Podium has won this award after its 2016 win.

Judges on the Solist Oloroso Sherry:

“A real sherry bomb on the nose with intense Pedro Ximénez influence. Notes of apricot, sultanas and cherry compote, with some wood influence. On the palate it is floral, fruity and sherried, with raisins, peaches, plums, dark chocolate and elegant mixed spices.”

And on the Podium:

“A very malty nose with soft spices, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits and a bit of tobacco. The maltiness continues onto the palate, where it meets classic oak notes, honey, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts and a touch of smoke. The finish is prickly and slightly peppery and smoky. Very clean, well balanced and complex.”

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