October 5, 2018
TOKYO — Thursday 4 October 2018 – Marking the first collaborative limited edition release between dekantā and the Taiwanese distillery, single cask whisky from Kavalan is the first offering in a new line of Asian whiskies from leading Japanese spirit retailer dekantā.
‘One’ Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask is the first release in a new range of single cask whiskies from Asia, curated by online retailer dekantā, home of the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits. Distilled in 2013, ‘One’ Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask (57.8% ABV; 70cl; $399 RRP) was selected for being an exceptional example of Asian whisky production. It is a limited edition release, one of just 195 bottles to introduce a series showcasing the very best of spirits from across the continent of Asia. dekantā delivered the highly anticipated release at Fine & Rare, a timeless Manhattan restaurant & bar located in Midtown. Fine & Rare features over 700 rare spirits and a theatrical dining experience.
This release is bottled from one of the casks destined for Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique range and was hand selected at the Kavalan distillery by dekantā Director Makiyo Masa and Asian spirits specialist George Koutsakis, alongside Kavalan master blender Ian Chang. Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique range is matured in American oak casks that have previously held both red and white wines, before being re-roasted. Celebrated for its predominant berry, plum and caramelised sugar notes, the Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique range received a Gold medal and a score of 91 out of 100 at the Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition. Further dekantā Oriental releases are expected in the coming months. Each of the whiskies in the range is hand selected from acclaimed Asian distilleries, both leading and upcoming.
Having released their first independent bottling of Japanese whisky earlier this year, dekantā now aims to showcase the craftsmanship of the very finest distilleries, wineries and artisan spirit producers from across Asia. “Japanese whiskies have cast a spotlight on a continent which is producing spirits to challenge the major players on the world stage,” said dekantā director Makiyo Masa. “We’re thrilled to be working with Kavalan, one of Asian whisky’s rising stars, to produce the first release in this exciting series.”
“This is a very exciting first-time collaboration. We’re showcasing the most innovative of Kavalan to dekantā customers with the Vinho Barrique, the only expression to undergo our groundbreaking cask treatment, STR,” said Kavalan Master Blender Ian Chang. “It’s this technique that creates all the rich complexity of flavour, including dark chocolate, berry fruits, and peach, which named Vinho the WWA’s World’s Best Single Malt. Casks alone cannot make a whisky like this, and we are thrilled to bring it to dekantā customers.”
dekantā Oriental’s ‘One’ Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask is available for worldwide delivery from dekanta.com. For more information, visit: https://dekanta.com/dekanta-oriental
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dekantā offers the world’s largest online selection of authentic Japanese spirits and, since the opening of its online store in 2015, has delivered to 127 countries across every continent in the world. A family owned and run business, dekantā’s founders have been selling collectibles since 1985 and specialize in rare, collectible, and new release single malt Japanese whisky. dekantā offers worldwide delivery on an extensive range of Japanese single malt whisky, Japanese grain whisky and Japanese blended whisky, in addition to Scottish whisky released for the Japanese market only.
When it was established in 2005, Kavalan was first distillery on the island of Taiwan. Based in Yilan County, south of the Taiwan capital, Taipei, Kavalan benefits from the pure water, fresh air and subtropical climate of the region, making it an ideal place for whisky production. High humidity and an annual average temperature of a balmy 22 degrees celsius accelerate the maturation process of Taiwanese whiskies, resulting in a fruity, rich spirit that is old before its time.