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Monday, August 10 2020 - 14:42
Kavalan Announces its Second 'STR Whisky'
TAIPEI, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The soon-to-be-launched Kavalan whisky has been aged in specially shaved, 
toasted, and recharred casks 

Five years after claiming the World Whiskies Award's "World's Best Single 
Malt," the iconic Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique will at last have a sequel.

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Kavalan has announced that its second Shave, Toast, Rechar (STR) whisky will be 
launched in October in Taiwan as part of an exclusive 4-bottle set for 

In 2006, the hand-crafted rechar STR technique was developed by the late Dr Jim 
Swan and Kavalan in Taiwan. In their search for extraordinary flavour, they 
developed an exacting recipe for toasting and recharring wine barrels to remove 
the acidity associated with wine cask maturation and to enhance the depth of 
flavour possible in Taiwan's subtropical climate. 

Kavalan's second Shave, Toast, Rechar expression is also the distillery's very 
first peated whisky, whose new make is distilled from peated barley.

Kavalan CEO Mr Lee said Kavalan's STR technique awakened the dormant flavours 
locked within the barrels, resulting in bigger, bolder, fruitier flavours, made 
possible in Yilan County's phenomenal subtropical climate. These layers are 
underlaid with the alluring, smokey malt aromas from the peated spirit. 

"I've been asked many times since the WWA win when we would release another 
Made-in-Taiwan STR whisky. Now after years of experimenting, we sincerely hope 
the second STR whisky will pass on the excellent performance of Vinho, becoming 
the spotlight for whisky fans around the world," said Mr Lee.

Since 2015, Vinho Barrique has continued to impress judges with its 
craftsmanship, this year collecting a string of top tributes. At the World 
Whisky Masters 2020 contest organised by the Spirits Business, it was named 
"Taste Master," the ultimate global prize in the contest. At the recent Tokyo 
Whisky and Spirits Competition it was also named the contest's "Best of the 

World Whisky Masters Results 

Taste Masters Medal

- Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique 

Masters Medal

-Kavalan Podium 
-Kavalan Sky Gold Wine Cask Matured 
-Kavalan Solist Amontillado Sherry 
-Kavalan Distillery Reserve Peaty Cask 
-Kavalan Solist Fino Sherry 
-Kavalan Solist Sherry

Gold Medal

-Kavalan Distillery Select No.2 
-Kavalan Distillery Select No.1 
-Kavalan Concertmaster Sherry Cask Finish 
-Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish 
-Kavalan Classic 
-King Car Conductor 
-Kavalan Oloroso Sherry Oak 
-Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak 
-King Car 40th Anniversary Selected Wine Cask Matured 
-Kavalan Earth Silver Wine Cask Matured 
-Kavalan Solist PX Sherry 
-Kavalan Solist Manzanilla Sherry 
-Kavalan Solist Port 
-Kavalan Distillery Reserve Rum Cask

About STR 

The treatment of oak casks known as S.T.R., or shaving, toasting, and 
recharring, is a groundbreaking technique that emerged from the Kavalan 
innovations lab and has since spread across the industry. First, gentle shaving 
of the casks removes any undesirable wine flavours and acid compounds. Then, 
toasting releases organic compounds from the wood, bringing out all its fruity 
vanilla notes. Finally, recharring with an intense fire enables the eventual 
release of pleasant flavours such as rich caramel and chocolate overlaid on a 
delicate background of complex fruitiness. 

About Kavalan Distillery 

Kavalan Distillery in Yilan County has been pioneering the art of single malt 
whisky in Taiwan since 2005. Our whisky, aged in intense humidity and heat, 
sources the meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is enhanced by sea and mountain 
breezes. All this combines to create Kavalan's signature creaminess. Taking 
Yilan County's old name, our distillery is backed by about 40 years of 
beverage-making under parent company, King Car Group. We have collected more 
than 450 gold awards or higher from the industry's most competitive contests. 


Kaitlyn Tsai 
+886(0)39 229 000#7164

Source: Kavalan

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   Caption: Can there be another STR whisky as iconic as the Vinho Barrique?