Hot drinks trends set to hit the UK in 2017

6.     Move over Japan…

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The phenomenal rise of Japanese whisky took the category by storm – and globally sales have gone “ballistic” according to Sukhinder Singh. However, with the high demand, shrinking stocks, product shortfall and increasing prices, the search is on for the next big producer. Although Indian whisky is promising, Singh says, his money is on Taiwan as the likely contender.

So far, Taiwan has two distillery – one is state-owned and has released one whisky so far, the other is Ka-va-lan, which opened in 2006 and is not only set to reach its full 4,500m L capacity this year, but is set to double in size in the next six months with the addition of nine new pot stills.

According to Singh, one of Taiwan’s benefits is its cool temperature and high humidity, which helps age whiskies fast, meaning that a 3-4 year old aged whisky from Taiwan is roughly equivalent of a 12-15 year old whisky in Scotland. This gives the nation a distinct advantage when it comes to scaling up production and meeting demand, Singh points outs – and Ka-va-lan in particular has shown itself keen to experiment with different wood and even imported peat, to produce a broad range of different whisky expressions.

One Response to “Hot drinks trends set to hit the UK in 2017”

  1. lisbette says:

    I was looking out of interst for hot drink trends but this article is all about cold drinks?

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