Review of Yushan: A Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky
What do you know about spirits from Taiwan? Have you ever tried something that’s from a region that’s known for its whisky? It’s about time you tried something new. I invite you to experience Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky.
It is a remarkable representation of Taiwanese craftsmanship in the world of spirits. Named after Taiwan’s highest mountain, Yushan, this whisky embodies the essence of its namesake – new, daring and awe-inspiring.
The Origin Story: Taiwan’s Whisky Landscape
Taiwan’s whisky industry, though relatively young, has quickly gained international acclaim and praise. Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky, produced by the renowned Nantou Distillery, stands as a testament to this rapid rise to fame.
The Nantou Distillery: A Symbol of Excellence
Nantou Distillery, nestled in the heart of Taiwan, is known for its meticulous production methods and its use of the finest local ingredients. The unique climate and natural resources of the region play a crucial role in the distillation process.
The Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation, a state-owned tobacco and alcohol factory, built Nantou Distillery in 1978 in Nantou Hsien, Taiwan. Its debut whisky was created in 2008. The Angels’ Share is 5% every year due to Taiwan’s humid and hot environment. All Nantou whisky is diluted with fresh subterranean water.
The Art of Blending: Crafting Yushan Whisky
The distillers that make Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky at Nantou showcase their expertise in balancing complex flavours to create a seamless and rich experience.
Tasting Notes: A Journey Through Flavours
Upon the first sip, Yushan reveals a symphony of flavours.
On The Nose: Honey-forward nose with fruity notes of peaches and apples, followed by hints of cream and vanilla.
Palette: Spicy palate with notes of caramel, lime and vanilla.
Finish: Potent citrusy finish with an echo of nutmeg.
How To Enjoy: Enjoy on the rocks or straight up. I find this one to be great for pre-or post-dinner enjoyment while listening to music to enjoy the full experience. If you experience it socially with others, make sure it’s a more intimate setting, less people with more time to enjoy.
The Packaging: A Reflection of Quality
The bottle and packaging of Yushan Whisky are designed to reflect its premium quality. The elegant design makes throughlines to Taiwanese culture, making it not just a whisky, but a piece of art.
Pairing Ideas: Complementing the Flavors
Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods. From savoury charcuterie plates to sweet desserts, it enhances the dining experience, making it a versatile choice for any occasion. I feel like it pairs better with more sonic or social experiences where it’s standing on its own.
Where to Buy: Bringing Yushan Home
Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky is available in select stores around the world, but in Canada, it can be purchased online or in-store and in local or flagship liquor stores.
Purchase it from the LCBO through here: Yushan Single Malt Whisky
The Bottom Line
Yushan Bourbon Cask Taiwanese Single Malt Whisky is more than just a spirit; it’s a unique celebration of Taiwanese craftsmanship and tradition. Something different in the whisky community. Its complex flavours and elegant packaging make it an excellent choice for both seasoned whisky enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Whether you’re enjoying it solo or with friends, Yushan promises a unique whisky experience.
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