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Israel’s first single malt whiskey goes on sale (VIDEO)

A worker pours barley into the grainer at the Milk & Honey distillery where they produce what they call the first Israeli-made single malt whiskey and a kosher one in Tel Aviv August 10, 2017. — Reuters picA worker pours barley into the grainer at the Milk & Honey distillery where they produce what they call the first Israeli-made single malt whiskey and a kosher one in Tel Aviv August 10, 2017. — Reuters picTEL AVIV, Aug 11 — In an unassuming building in the heart of hip and gritty south Tel Aviv, a young distillery is hours away from auctioning off a batch of what it calls the first Israeli-made single malt whiskey.

And, of course, it’s kosher.



The distillery is unloading its first “experimental series” of the spirit, aged only three years, by offering 100 bottles in an online auction and another 291 bottles are being sold locally.

All this seems a bit atypical for Israel, where wineries dominate the market, attracting foreign customers for decades, and microbreweries have now taken off.

But the start-up, called Milk & Honey, is hoping to capitalise on a global renaissance among whiskey aficionados.

“There is a huge demand now for a store, for a different kind of products from different locations and climates,” said company CEO Eitan Attir.

And though all this is a first for Israel, Attir said nature had presented Israel with some advantages.

The country, for example, has a hot and humid climate which he said speeds up the whiskey’s maturation. It matures as much as two and half times faster than Scotch, the company says. — Reuters

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