King Car Kavalan Distillery

King Car Kavalan Distillery

King Car Kavalan Distillery
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,400 contributions
    World's best whiskey?
    I have a number of friends who are very knowledgable about whiskey and they rate Kavalan Whiskey, from Yilan on Taiwan's north-east coast as being among the world's best, if not the best, I have visited the distillery several times and spent several hundred dollars on whiskey each time. I intend giving most of it away, so I can share it with my friends, but I will keep at least some of i for myself. I'd rate Kavalan as being at least as good as Jameson's or Bushmills, which I tasted in Ireland..
    Visited April 2020
    Written May 29, 2020
  • Thomas W
    Houston, Texas145 contributions
    Worth a Visit
    You can see the process of how whiskey is made. We are not big drinkers and did not try the free samples after the tour (too early in the day?). There is a coffee shop upstairs from where they have the samples and a "gift shop". It is intereting to learn how whiskey is made and to see the equipment used.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 18, 2020
  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,632 contributions
    Surprised
    Without knowing much about whiskey, I was totally surprised by this distillery, especially seeing the many rewards they have won throughout the years. They had whiskey tasting at designated time which we attended. Just not for me. The tour was self-guided with good signage. A huge gift shop/restaurant/coffee shop inside another building. Quite a fun visit.
    Visited July 2019
    Written April 15, 2020
  • oskarpeh
    6 contributions
    Beware of Taxi haggling when going out of distillery.
    Never been to a whiskey distillery so we couldn’t compare with the distillery tour. Anyway it was great to learn how whiskey was made. They had whiskey tasting package of 100 or 200 TWD which comes with vouchers that we can use to discount off the whiskey that we bought later. Overall experience was still ok until when we wanted to call a taxi back to town and we approached the counter for help. They helped us called this taxi company 777 which they had cooperated with. Told us to wait for 20 min, and when the taxi driver arrived he wanted to charge extra for driving over to the distillery, without going according to the meter. We were quite disappointed with his haggling but since there was no other taxi services and it was near our boarding time for our train we had no choice but to take it. After the trip we call up King Car to complain and they pushed the responsibility to the taxi company and give us the number to call them. Didn’t you said you guys had cooperated with this taxi company for transportation out of the distillery? Anyway we called up the taxi company to complain but the reception just told us that they will take note but we doubt they are going to do anything. Anyway please arrange own transport or get another taxi company to help. Don’t go for this taxi company 777 in Yilan Taiwan.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2022
  • Peggy L
    4 contributions
    Staff was unhelpful and hostile
    I've been a fan of Kavalan for years and was excited to check it out with my family. The whiskey is amazing and deserving of all the accolades. Our experience at the distillery, on the other hand, was absolutely terrible. The staff was unhelpful and rude, particularly our private tasting lead, who was gruff and sullen. She hadn't shown up at the 3:30 pm tasting time and we had to ask the cashier at the gift shop about what to do. 10 minutes later, she came to the tasting area with a huff and seemed frustrated that we would even want a tasting. After pouring our 4 whiskey tastings, she hid behind the counter and clearly did not want us to bother her. It was very awkward and we tried to shrug it off. We then had a strange experience in the convention center. Though the staff there helped us call a taxi, after 15 minutes of us sitting there, they started packing up and then shut the lights on us while we were mere feet away from them. We're fine with them wanting to leave if it's closing time, but not letting people know you are closing and just shutting all the lights on them while you walk out the door is very strange and quite rude. Our whole experience was soured by the sense that these people hated their work. This is not how you showcase world-class whiskey. What a wasted opportunity.
    Visited July 2018
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2018
  • SAF369
    Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
    Kavalan Single Malt Whisky
    For non-whisky lover - Educational & Informative For whisky lover - remember to enrol for DIY class where you get to blend your own Personal whisky (300ml) with a fee of NT$1200
    Visited April 2015
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2015
  • Steven Lim
    Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
    Whiskey Heaven
    Kavalan Single Malt took the whiskey world by storm by grabbing pole position in the 2015 World Whiskies Awards and prestigious accolades by renowned Jim Murray. Thus a visit to Taiwan without visiting Kavalan Distillery by King Car is sacrilegious. Kavalan Distillery is easily accessible and it’s key distinction from other distilleries is that it incorporates a huge Mr Brown cafe (of course owned by King Car too) on the 2nd floor that whiskey thirsty fans like us can leave our underaged youths and kids to entertain themselves whilst the adults indulge ourselves. Hence it’s a family friendly destination. The self or pre-appointed guided tour of the well laid out Distillery is highly informative and is a visual feast especially the rows of barrels seen from up high. One will definitely emerge wiser and with a deepened respect for Taiwanese tenacity and whiskey talents after this tour. The highlight of the tour is certainly not the free whiskey tasting (this was a low light actually as the group tours were noisy and simply gulped down the, albeit, lacklustre samples or left them untouched! Our highlight was to pay a fee at the adjoining whiskey retail outlet to taste the the few select award winning Solist series and pricey Premium single cask Sherry series (eg. Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique) at the quiet tasting room on the 2nd floor. This was a mind blowing earth shaking experience in whiskey heaven! The retail outlet obviously offers the largest range of offerings in different shapes and sizes that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere at the most attractive pricing. It’s worthwhile buying here and carry around with you as they are also generous with complimentary gifts. Alas I have to withhold 1-star because of the poorly designed and managed free tasting gallery as we felt shepherded and hurried with an obviously non-appreciative crowd.
    Visited December 2017
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2018
  • SGPTaiTai
    Singapore, Singapore248 contributions
    Not a must-see
    We waited in line for half hour to enter the mass tasting hall of KaVaLan whiskey, after being made to watch a corporate video on King Car and a short walk-through of their distillery. The tasting took less than 5 minutes. Visitors were given a shot of their entry level whiskey. Visitors were not allowed to choose which whiskey to taste even if they were prepared to pay for the shots. This place is not for serious whiskey drinkers with an intention to buy their whiskey. The crowds looked like they were there more to buy King Car's Mr Brown Coffee and other snacks while getting a free whiskey shot at the same time. Those who were interested to buy whiskey had to buy "blindly" based on a whiff of displayed samples in small containers. Quite a joke really, considering that KaVaLan isn't a known brand at all but sold at higher prices than established Scottish brands. You can give this place a miss unless you have time to kill.
    Visited December 2012
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2012
  • Choonfong Lee
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia435 contributions
    Taiwan's single malt whisky
    This distillery located in Luodong, Yuanshan Township produces the famous Kavalan single malt whisky. There are regular whisky tasting sessions in the showroom plus sales counters to attend to your purchases. We also too a tour of the GMP whisky factory where the fermenting and distilling processes are explained in detail. Worth the visit to increase your knowledge on barley and whisky-making.
    Visited December 2019
    Written December 28, 2019
  • Jeordie84
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom201 contributions
    Interesting visit
    First things first. This is very far from Taipei ~3hrs in the car with a driver on a Saturday morning (despite only being 20miles). Quite the commitment with only 4 days in Taipei but my husband is a whiskey nut and it was his birthday. The distillery is setup in an 'intersting' fashion buy the King Car company... it has so much potential but is totally under utilised. The cavernous space is largely dedicated to a 'Mr Brown Cafe. It was full of locals, but noone in the whiskey tasting or distilling rooms. Very bizarre. It ended up being almost a private visit for my husband and i but the setup could do with being separated our into dedicated spaces.
    Visited June 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2019
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oskarpeh
6 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Never been to a whiskey distillery so we couldn’t compare with the distillery tour. Anyway it was great to learn how whiskey was made. They had whiskey tasting package of 100 or 200 TWD which comes with vouchers that we can use to discount off the whiskey that we bought later.

Overall experience was still ok until when we wanted to call a taxi back to town and we approached the counter for help. They helped us called this taxi company 777 which they had cooperated with. Told us to wait for 20 min, and when the taxi driver arrived he wanted to charge extra for driving over to the distillery, without going according to the meter. We were quite disappointed with his haggling but since there was no other taxi services and it was near our boarding time for our train we had no choice but to take it. After the trip we call up King Car to complain and they pushed the responsibility to the taxi company and give us the number to call them. Didn’t you said you guys had cooperated with this taxi company for transportation out of the distillery? Anyway we called up the taxi company to complain but the reception just told us that they will take note but we doubt they are going to do anything. Anyway please arrange own transport or get another taxi company to help. Don’t go for this taxi company 777 in Yilan Taiwan.
Written December 18, 2022
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Peggy L
4 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I've been a fan of Kavalan for years and was excited to check it out with my family. The whiskey is amazing and deserving of all the accolades. Our experience at the distillery, on the other hand, was absolutely terrible. The staff was unhelpful and rude, particularly our private tasting lead, who was gruff and sullen. She hadn't shown up at the 3:30 pm tasting time and we had to ask the cashier at the gift shop about what to do. 10 minutes later, she came to the tasting area with a huff and seemed frustrated that we would even want a tasting. After pouring our 4 whiskey tastings, she hid behind the counter and clearly did not want us to bother her. It was very awkward and we tried to shrug it off.

We then had a strange experience in the convention center. Though the staff there helped us call a taxi, after 15 minutes of us sitting there, they started packing up and then shut the lights on us while we were mere feet away from them. We're fine with them wanting to leave if it's closing time, but not letting people know you are closing and just shutting all the lights on them while you walk out the door is very strange and quite rude. Our whole experience was soured by the sense that these people hated their work. This is not how you showcase world-class whiskey. What a wasted opportunity.
Written July 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SAF369
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
For non-whisky lover - Educational & Informative
For whisky lover - remember to enrol for DIY class where you get to blend your own Personal whisky (300ml) with a fee of NT$1200
Written April 27, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steven Lim
Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Kavalan Single Malt took the whiskey world by storm by grabbing pole position in the 2015 World Whiskies Awards and prestigious accolades by renowned Jim Murray. Thus a visit to Taiwan without visiting Kavalan Distillery by King Car is sacrilegious.

Kavalan Distillery is easily accessible and it’s key distinction from other distilleries is that it incorporates a huge Mr Brown cafe (of course owned by King Car too) on the 2nd floor that whiskey thirsty fans like us can leave our underaged youths and kids to entertain themselves whilst the adults indulge ourselves. Hence it’s a family friendly destination.

The self or pre-appointed guided tour of the well laid out Distillery is highly informative and is a visual feast especially the rows of barrels seen from up high. One will definitely emerge wiser and with a deepened respect for Taiwanese tenacity and whiskey talents after this tour.

The highlight of the tour is certainly not the free whiskey tasting (this was a low light actually as the group tours were noisy and simply gulped down the, albeit, lacklustre samples or left them untouched!

Our highlight was to pay a fee at the adjoining whiskey retail outlet to taste the the few select award winning Solist series and pricey Premium single cask Sherry series (eg. Kavalan’s Solist Vinho Barrique) at the quiet tasting room on the 2nd floor. This was a mind blowing earth shaking experience in whiskey heaven!

The retail outlet obviously offers the largest range of offerings in different shapes and sizes that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere at the most attractive pricing. It’s worthwhile buying here and carry around with you as they are also generous with complimentary gifts.

Alas I have to withhold 1-star because of the poorly designed and managed free tasting gallery as we felt shepherded and hurried with an obviously non-appreciative crowd.
Written March 10, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SGPTaiTai
Singapore, Singapore248 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
We waited in line for half hour to enter the mass tasting hall of KaVaLan whiskey, after being made to watch a corporate video on King Car and a short walk-through of their distillery.

The tasting took less than 5 minutes. Visitors were given a shot of their entry level whiskey. Visitors were not allowed to choose which whiskey to taste even if they were prepared to pay for the shots.

This place is not for serious whiskey drinkers with an intention to buy their whiskey. The crowds looked like they were there more to buy King Car's Mr Brown Coffee and other snacks while getting a free whiskey shot at the same time. Those who were interested to buy whiskey had to buy "blindly" based on a whiff of displayed samples in small containers. Quite a joke really, considering that KaVaLan isn't a known brand at all but sold at higher prices than established Scottish brands.

You can give this place a miss unless you have time to kill.
Written December 15, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Choonfong Lee
Johor Bahru, Malaysia435 contributions
Dec 2019
This distillery located in Luodong, Yuanshan Township produces the famous Kavalan single malt whisky. There are regular whisky tasting sessions in the showroom plus sales counters to attend to your purchases. We also too a tour of the GMP whisky factory where the fermenting and distilling processes are explained in detail. Worth the visit to increase your knowledge on barley and whisky-making.
Written December 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeordie84
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK201 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
First things first. This is very far from Taipei ~3hrs in the car with a driver on a Saturday morning (despite only being 20miles). Quite the commitment with only 4 days in Taipei but my husband is a whiskey nut and it was his birthday.
The distillery is setup in an 'intersting' fashion buy the King Car company... it has so much potential but is totally under utilised. The cavernous space is largely dedicated to a 'Mr Brown Cafe. It was full of locals, but noone in the whiskey tasting or distilling rooms. Very bizarre. It ended up being almost a private visit for my husband and i but the setup could do with being separated our into dedicated spaces.
Written July 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tevin
Singapore, Singapore45 contributions
Dec 2018 • Business
The gallery shows the few steps of whiskey production. Could be something interesting, but the explanation or lack of visual made it hard to comprehend what was going on. There was no guide to show us around as well and everything was pretty independently done. After the gallery, you can head to the other complex, where a whiskey tasting session takes place every 30 mins (if i remember correctly). It was not entirely a tasting session as only one flavor was given, possibly the cheapest and the others are just available for smelling. After the session, you would be invited to a shop selling a huge selection of Kavalan Whiskey. Trip would be good if you are a whiskey fan, but if not, it would probably be a waste of time. Not too good for kids.
Written January 2, 2019
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chrisofyvr
Burnaby, Canada8 contributions
Mar 2018
The tour is free, but that's because it's self-guided! Offered in Chinese and English, it was informative and interesting. The tour also includes a free tasting of Kavalan whiskey; unfortunately it was held in Chinese and it felt really rushed.

The in-house store sold bottles of Whiskey that are not found at the airport duty-frees! A must-go if looking for the rare and hard-to-find bottles!
Written March 23, 2018
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tungm91
Singapore36 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
Took a bus (752) from Yilan Train Station, the journey takes about 30mins. The place is impressive, walked around on my own as I did not want to wait for the hourly tour (default in Mandarin). My recommendation is only come here if you have time to spare, and would like to buy bottles that are otherwise hard to find in retail or duty free shops.
Written April 1, 2017
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