Established in 2005, Kavalan is Taiwan's first whiskey maker and the nation's only family-owned whiskey distillery. Kavalan takes the old name of Yilan county where the distillery is located in northeastern Taiwan. The pure water and fresh air make this part of the subtropical island the ideal environment for the production of whiskey. At Kavalan, it is referred to as 'maturity redefined.' Since its release in 2008, Kavalan has received dozens of international whiskey awards and titles, beating out traditional Scottish, American, and Japanese brands, and causing a seismic shift in the world of whiskey and conversation about aging.