Kavalan was the first producer of single malt whisky in Taiwan. The distillery is named after the indigenous Kavalan people, who originally inhabited the Kabalan Plain of modern-day Yilan County. The distillery was completed in late-2005, produced its first spirit in early-2006, and released its first bottling in late-2008. The famous Dr Jim Swan was consulted early on and he, together with master blender, Ian Chang, developed a strategy for production and maturation to deal with the extreme heat and humidity.
Kavalan has had massive success on the international circuit, and expanded the distillery in 2015/16, which now sees it being one of the ten largest malt whisky distilleries in the world. It is also the most visited distillery with over 1 million annual visitors!