Following up on Kavalan shopping: I wound up buying a Solist Ex-Bourbon Cask at duty free in Taoyuan airport. It cost 2,550 TWD (this was the end of July 2016); I was actually looking for the Solist ex-Vinho Barique, but the airport didn't have it. They also had the Solist ex-Sherry for 2,975 TWD. They also had the ... Fino? ... for a few thousand more. The selection was indeed somewhat limited. If you just want "Solist, any Solist" (which was basically me), then you're fine, but if you want a specific one, you may be out of luck.
For comparison, the Solist Ex-Bourbon at Jason's in the basement of 101 cost 3,000 TWD, and the Ex-Sherry 3,500 TWD. I assume it's available for cheaper around Taipei, but I didn't spend the time looking, and I'm guessing you can't get it for much cheaper than the 2,550 that I spent at the airport. (And the Solist Ex-Sherry costs CAD200 / 5,000 TWD on the BC Liquor Store website, which would be a truly insane amount of money.)
And the whiskey itself? I thought it was great, but I don't know that much about whiskey. My father and brother both thought very highly of it, and they know whiskey fairly well. It was nice to bring something from Taiwan that was actually good quality, rather than valued mainly for cheapness or exotic qualities. I'll probably be buying a bottle for myself, but maybe the ex-Sherry or ex-Vino (not out of preference - just to try something different), for Christmas or some other occasion when I feel like spoiling myself.
Oh, and this being East Asia, it came in a big fancy box that included a nice whiskey glass. And the duty free shop guy spent five minutes looking for the "official" heavy-duty paper bag, which he then put, folded up, in the same paper bag as the whiskey itself. So that amused me. Free little bottle too, of the same ex-Bourbon type.
I'm curious about those duty free shops you see at Taoyuan upon arrival. Since I'd already spent way too much money in Canada and was rushing for immigration, I didn't shop in them at all, but can arrivals in Taiwan buy duty free goods there? Or are they just for people transferring?
And I'm definitely eager to get out to the distillery with a few friends.