HNWS is the shortened name of Home Need Wine & Spirits, an independent bottler and shop in Taoyuan, Taiwan. While the name may sound weird to you, it holds a lot of meaning to the owner, Mr Tony Chiu. His vision for his shop and independent label is simple and heartwarming – he wants to help everyone who needs a drink now and then to be able to buy and afford at least a bottle at any one time.
With that in mind, Mr Chiu thought hard to find an English name for his shop and came up with the idea that stating the obvious might actually works best for the market he wishes to serve. Hence, HNWS is born. With Mr Chiu behind the counter, the shop and independent label has been in operation for the past 15 years. Veteran Mr Chiu has selected hundreds of casks for his own brand and he does not intend to stop.
HNWS bottles more than 10 expressions a year and with more than half a year gone for 2018, we are currently holding stocks for about 5 expressions, with another one coming soon. Mr Chiu is an excellent curator of fine whiskies and if you take the time to try one, you will understand why people in Taiwan and Hong Kong go crazy about HNWS whiskies.