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Israel Now Has A Single Malt (02/06/2017)

The distillery Milk & Honey has produce the first ever Israeli single malt, up for sale later this month.

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(source: Paul Tuennerman)

They started making it in Japan in the 1870’s; India technically didn’t get into the game until 2004 but have been imitating it for nearly two centuries; after centuries of making beloved alternatives, North America followed India by started its own scene; even the French found time to put down their glasses of Nice Sancerre to roll out the charred oak barrels back in the 80’s; and now, at long last, Israel will have its first Single Malt Whisky.

The Milk and Honey Distillery unveiled its (and Israel’s) first three-year single malt whisky last month on World Whisky Day (May 20th) and will begin selling its first batch of 391 bottles at the end of June, although global distribution isn’t expected until 2019.

Following the rules of Scottish whisky distilleries, M&H’s single malt spent two and a half years in a 225-liter oak cask at a kibbutz warehouse in northern Israel and an additional seven months in a bourbon barrel in Tel Aviv. I know what you are thinking and do not worry: this whisky is kosher.

Head distiller Tomer Goren produced the first batch with help from the late Dr Jim Swan.

The whisky has been described as “mature and complex” for a young whisky, with its makes attributing this quality to Israel’s hot climate. The distillery plans on testing out other locations in Israel to see their effect on the maturation process- including the Dead Sea.

Established in 2012, M&H is following the trend of Israelis creating local and quality alcoholic beverages set by Israeli winemakers in the 1990’s, according their website.

For those eager for the first taste: M&H will be selling the first 100 bottles through an online auction starting on July 7th.


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