Pappy Van Winkle 20-year (2011) and Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year: End of the Year Bottles 2016

Flight Club has selected a 2011 bottling of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon as the 2016 End of the Year Bottle (EOYB).

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year

A brief overview of the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon can be found here:  http://www.oldripvanwinkle.com/whiskey/family-reserve-20-year/.

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June 2016: Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky  

Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky, featuring Kavalan, June 2016, by Marcelo Moreira.

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Kavalan was founded in 2005 and known as the first distillery built in Taiwan. The distillery features imported copper pot stills from Scotland, water sourced from the springs of Mountains of Taiwan, and several types of wood barrels to achieve specific flavor profiles. Kavalan was quick to become well-known, beating even traditional Scotch counterparts in competitions.

As for the distillation method, the whisky goes through double distillation, resulting in additional purity and leaving the still at a higher strength. For maturation, the temperature in Taiwan is higher than other areas where single malt whisky is traditionally produced. This results in the whisky extracting the flavors from the oak barrels at a faster rate. Thus, even at a younger age, Kavalan typically tastes more mature than other similarly aged, or even older, whiskies. Another interesting fact – Kavalan is named after the indigenous people who originally inhabited the northeastern corner of Taiwan.

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