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Wednesday, November 25 2020 - 14:30
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Kavalan Launches Limited Edition 'Artist Series'
TAIPEI, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Combining rare whisky with fine art

Kavalan, the pioneering force behind Taiwanese whisky, has launched its 
"Kavalan Artists Series," a new range of expressions that aims to highlight the 
fine art of whisky.

The first edition introduces four bottles in collaboration with Master Artist 
Paul Chiang, who draws creative energy from his homeland, and whose work was 
selected for interpreting classical music and the natural beauty of Taiwan.

The single-cask, cask-strength whiskies -- Puncheon, Virgin Oak, French Wine 
Cask, and Peated Malt -- are inspired by the four elements, Ocean, Air, 
Sunlight, and Mother Earth, each of which plays an essential role in the 
creation of Kavalan whisky. The distillery will release a total of 198 
collector sets, which come with four 700ml bottlings. In addition each set 
includes a uniquely numbered and signed edition of one of two silkscreen prints 
by Paul Chiang titled, "Pisilian" or "Mountain Range of Taiwan." Meanwhile, a 
total of 4,000 individual bottles will be released, bottled at 1,000ml for 
individual purchase.

Peated Malt is Kavalan's second Shave, Toast, and Rechar (STR) whisky and 
follows on from the WWA 'World's Best Single Malt' winner, the *Solist Vinho 
Barrique.

Paul Chiang has been internationally acclaimed across Europe, the US, and 
Taiwan, embodying an uncompromising pursuit of 'the ideal' that attracted the 
attention of the Kavalan family.

Kavalan CEO Mr YT Lee said each painting was a labour of love.

"Art, like whisky, has the power to stir deep emotion. But this takes decades 
of hard work and commitment to mastering your craft," Mr Lee said.

"Take 'Puncheon', which depicts the sea, sky, and stars. Paul painted this work 
after returning to Taiwan after 30 years, settling on the coast in Taitung. You 
can feel the euphoria of that time and the beauty of rediscovery."

"We want to bring together great art and our rarest whisky to connoisseurs an 
expression of the finest artistry. We are honoured to be collaborating with 
Paul on the inaugural edition."  

The Whiskies: 

PUNCHEON 50-63% ABV

Painting – Pisilian (Morning Stars over the Coast)

The indigenous name, Pisilian, refers to a stretch of Taiwan's eastern 
coastline, connecting Kavalan's home in Yilan County with Taitung County where 
Paul Chiang is based. Kavalan's story, or dream, starts in the Ocean under a 
starry sky. From here, moisture rises and eventually condenses above Snow 
Mountain, creating Kavalan's legendary water source.     

Product Description 

Aged in Puncheon casks, and as rare as deep ocean treasure, this whisky is 
effortlessly smooth in texture with an ocean of complexity, and waves of 
tantalising flavour. 

Nose: 
Roasted biscotti bathed in crème de pêches, smooth vanilla, sweet white peach, 
and maple syrup. 

Palate: 
Waves of sweet toffee, white-fleshed nectarine, and tropical fruits and hints 
of rich nuttiness. 

VIRGIN OAK 50-63% ABV

Painting – On Wings of Song

Named after a Felix Mendelssohn piano piece, Paul Chiang's circular 
brushstrokes imagine effervescent air particles and the beating of wings, 
creating the sensation of air in motion. The Kavalan dream takes flight in Air, 
and this painting can be seen as an artistic rendition of whisky's maturation 
process.

Product Description

Virgin oak barrels form the body of this Kavalan symphony in which sweet notes 
of tropical fruits and honey are generously infused. 

Nose: 
Smoked plum, purple grape, buttery vanilla, rich beeswax, wafts of crisp floral 
notes, apricot, and peach.

Palate: 
Bursts of spicy oak, sweet honey, autumn pear and chestnuts, ripened guava, and 
cinnamon spice. 

FRENCH WINE CASK 50-63% ABV

Painting – Meditation on Eternity

The golden Sunlight in this piece represent sparks of hope, lighting the path 
toward the Kavalan dream. The fiery red denotes both the intensity of purpose 
and the heat of the sun, the same life-giving warmth that uniquely enhances 
Kavalan's ageing.

Product Description

Matured in red wine barrels from the finest wineries in Bordeaux, France, this 
opulent whisky has a rich aroma with full-bodied texture. Soft tannins and a 
warming mouthfeel help bring out the rich complexity of flavours.

Nose: 
Vibrant berry and blackcurrant, sweet pepper, apple, caramel, and ripened fruit.

Palate: 
Tropical fruit, wild berries, dried fruits, soft tannins, and subtle spice. 

PEATED MALT 50-63% ABV

Painting – Jinzun / Summer

The final piece in the set is both homecoming and rebirth. The green, yellow, 
and blue represent Taiwan's East Coast's lushness and the vibrant flavours and 
scents of Kavalan whisky. This Mother Earth bears the fruits of labour for both 
Kavalan and Mr Chiang and the seeds for new growth. The Kavalan dream becomes a 
reality.

Product Description

Using malt smoked with deep-mined peat, Kavalan's signature tropical fruits are 
infused with the peated smokiness in this one-of-a-kind drop. An earthy depth 
and complexity is exquisitely layered with fruit and accentuated by Kavalan's 
unique Shave, Toast, and Rechar (STR) technique on the barrels, for a unique 
maturation.

Nose: 
Layers of honeycomb, smooth toffee, and sweet coconut 

Palate: 
Buttered toffee and peaty and earthy notes on a bed of red pepper, generous 
spice, and rich longan.

The Kavalan Artist Series is now on sale across Taiwan. Individual bottles will 
be priced at an RRP of NTD$12,000 each.

*Please note that Kavalan's award-winning "Solist" Series is sold under the 
name "Cask Strength" Series inside the US market only for trademark reasons.

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. Taking Yilan County's old name, our distillery is backed by about 40 
years of beverage-making under the parent company, King Car Group. Visit 
www.kavalanwhisky.com

About Paul Chiang

Born in Taichung in 1942, Paul Chiang has traveled and lived in Paris and New 
York for about 30 years in his pursuit of an art-infused life. Inspired by 
classical music yet deliberately departing from tradition, his works are 
spiritual masterpieces. In 1998, he returned to Taiwan, and in Taitung, he 
immersed himself in the abundance of nature. His journey of creation is one 
marked by massive transformations giving rise to a fantastic body of artworks.

Contact:

Kaitlyn Tsai 
+886(0)39 229 000#7164 
kaitlyn@kingcar.com.tw 

SOURCE: Kavalan

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   Caption: Kavalan launches 'Artists Series Collector Set' of four limited 
edition bottlings with silkscreen print by Paul Chiang titled “Mountain Range 
of Taiwan." Whiskies from left to right: Puncheon, Virgin Oak, French Wine 
Cask, and Peated Malt

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   Caption: Left to Right: Puncheon, Virgin Oak, French Wine Cask, and Peated 
Malt make up the first four whiskies launched as part of Kavalan’s inaugural 
'Artist Series.'

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