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May 26, 2017 10:26 am

Israel’s First-Ever Malt Whisky to Go on Sale in June

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A bottle of the Israel-based Milk & Honey Distillery’s single malt whisky. Photo: Milk & Honey Distillery via Facebook. – The Tel Aviv-based Milk & Honey Distillery (M&H) recently unveiled its first-ever malt whisky on World Whisky Day (May 20). The new Israeli spirit officially goes on sale in late June.

The limited M&H single malt is the first whisky to be entirely produced and bottled in the Jewish state after being aged in a cask for three years, complying with the Scottish definition for what classifies as a whisky.

The first barrel of Israeli single malt began the distillation process in a kibbutz warehouse located in the northern Sharon region in January 2014.

After the whisky was aged in a 225-liter (59-gallon) American oak cask for 31 months, it was aged for an additional seven months in an ex-bourbon cask at M&H’s cask room in Tel Aviv.

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Head distiller Tomer Goren crafted the brew in collaboration with an internationally recognized master distiller, the late Dr. Jim Swan.

Next month, a total of 391 bottles of the experimental malt whisky will be available for purchase in select stores in Israel. Bottles numbered 1 to 100, meanwhile, will be sold in a special online auction for 10 days beginning July 7.

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