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Omar whisky: a Taiwanese tale of grapes and barley

Nantou distillery uses wine casks to add extra depth to its world-class beverage

Taiwan's Nantou Distillery is known for its Omar single malt whiskey. (Photo by George Koutsakis)

Taipei is usually the place that comes to mind when Taiwan is the topic of discussion. The city is fun, colorful and vibrant. Yet there is much more to the island than what Taipei has to offer. In terms of food, nature, history and culture, Taiwan is vast despite its small size. Even in wine, and in recent years whiskey, there is a growing movement surrounding local creations.

Back in 2008, the Kavalan distillery became the first whiskey maker in Taiwan and has since become a famous brand across the globe. But that is not the only distillery creating world-class whiskey in Taiwan. Take a quick ride on the bullet train to the neighboring city of Taichung, jump on a bus to Nantou, and you will discover the Nantou distillery and winery known for the renowned Omar Single Malt whiskey range.

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