Back in the Age of Discovery, Ilha Formosa (“beautiful island”) was the name the Portuguese gave to Taiwan. Today the Renaissance Distillery, based in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, uses an anglicisation of the name – “Isle of Formose” – to advertise the origin of its rum.Taiwanese spirits have slowly but surely risen in popularity across the globe over the past decade. Their rise began with Kavalan, which opened its single malt whisky distillery in 2005 and joined a competitive global scene where…


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