The Ministry of Finance (MOF) certified alcohols continue to excel in international spirits competitions. After participating in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2022 and winning an impressive 28 medals, the MOF certified alcohols reached new heights this year, breaking previous records with “Best Other Single Malt Whisky,” 7 double gold medals, 8 gold medals, 17 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals, totaling 35 awards!
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the longest-running international comprehensive spirits competition in the United States, attracting renowned distilleries from around the world each year. In the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, competition was intense, with approximately 5,500 entries. These spirits were evaluated by a panel of professional international-level spirits judges. The alcohol products certified by the MOF were awarded 35 medals, a testament to the elevation of our country's distillation techniques to international standards!
In order to promote the competitiveness of the certified alcohol products, the MOF has sent certified alcohols to international spirits competitions since 2017. Within seven years, they have accumulated a total of 111 medals, demonstrating outstanding performance. Particularly noteworthy are the Kavalan Solist ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky and Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky from King Car Food Industrial Co., Ltd Yuan Shan Factory, which clinched the double gold medals for both 2022 and 2023. Additionally, the Kavalan Triple Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky, which won a silver medal in the 2021 competition, also won a double gold medal this year. Yushan Taiwan Kaoliang Liquor from Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation, Longtian Distillery and 58% Royal Kaoliang Liquor from Kinmen Royal Liquor Co., Ltd were also awarded the prestigious double gold medals. This demonstrates that the quality and craftsmanship of our country's alcohol products continue to progress and improve. The MOF will continue to nurture the Taiwan alcohol industry, allowing high-quality Taiwanese alcohol products to continue to shine on the international stage.
More information about the Alcohol Quality Certification System is available on the MOF National Treasury Administration’s website in the “The Alcohol Quality Certification” (URL: https://www.nta.gov.tw/AQC). Please feel free to access.
Annex: The winners of the MOF certified alcohols participating in the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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