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Taiwan tipple in whiskey tasting shocker

Last month I wrote about Kavalan, Taiwan's first bid to create a world-class, single-malt whiskey. It's got its fair share of skeptics.

Just recently Kavalan shocked whiskey snobs — sorry, purists — by winning a Burns Night blind taste-testing, over some of the best tipples produced in Scotland, Ireland and England.

The Times Online reported experts' reaction:

“Oh. My. God,” breathes Charles MacLean, author and whisky connoisseur, from behind his impressive moustache. “Is this an April fool?” Fellow panellists register the same amazement.

Whispers of “unbelievable,” “incredible” and “oh no” reverberate around a bar which for more than 250 years housed a Scotch whisky warehouse.

... Not since 2007, when the Taipei First Girls’ Senior High School marching band made its jaw-dropping entrance to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, has such a sense of profound shock overwhelmed a select Scottish gathering.

Check out the whole article, it's well worth a read.