Credit: Milk & Honey
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Israel makes the desert bloom—with single malt

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Israel makes the desert bloom—with single malt

 

They don’t call it the Promised Land for nothing. Israel is now home to a handful of whiskey distilleries, Scotchwhisky.com’s Jake Emen reports. The first, Milk & Honey, opened its doors in 2014. In a region of the world that doesn’t exactly worship booze, Tel Aviv distillery offers three single-malt whiskies, two of them sold out.

They grow up so fast

 

That includes all 391 bottles of Israel’s First Single Malt Whisky, matured in American oak and ex-bourbon barrels and fully mature at the tender age of three, thanks to the nation’s hot, humid climate. Look for the 46% ABV number in worldwide release next year. Distiller Tomer Goren had some help from the late Jim Swan, fittingly dubbed the “Einstein of whisky.” 

For wisdom from a living industry legend who combines scientific know-how with a sense of fun, check out this Food & Wine profile of Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of distilling and whisky creation. L’chaim!

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