Most people would say you need time and the right terroir to make a great whisky - but what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? We went to Taiwan to see one company that's trying to change the game.
Kavalan has an unusual origin story - its parent company, The King Car Group produces everything from cleaning products to coffee. But when Taiwan joined the WTO in 2002 - and it became legal for a private company to own a distillery - they decided to venture into whisky. Asian whiskies have been made before, with Japanese whisky having a long history. But Taiwan's hot climate made it an unusual choice for a distillery.
But with a willingness to experiment, Kavalan began to turn its unusual story into an advantage. The result was to buck hundreds of years of tradition - and as a result they won World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards, a blind taste test, besting historic Scottish brands that have spent generations trying to maintain the same product.
How did they do it? Well you'll have to watch the video above to find out.