Israel’s First Whisky Distillery Set To Debut Its First Single Malt

The Middle Eastern nation of Israel isn’t exactly known as a hotbed for whisky distilling innovation. That being said Milk & Honey Distillery, said to be that nation’s first whisky distillery, is set to shortly debut Israel’s first ever single malt expression, a very limited bottling that’s just over three years of age.

The 391 bottles making of the Milk & Honey Israel Single Malt Whisky, according to those behind it, are from the first cask of the distillery’s so called Experimental Series. As it has been aged just three years, which is the minimum aging requirement to be called whisky n Scotland, this release is seen as harbinger of what is to come – a more fully mature expression which has spent time aging in the warm Israeli climate.

image via Milk & Honey Distillery

This whisky was first distilled back in January 2014 by head distiller Tomer Goren, together with internationally renowned master distiller, the late Dr. Jim Swan, as part of his role as consultant to the distillery at the time. It was aged for 31 months in a 225-liter virgin American oak cask and then for another seven months in an ex-bourbon cask matured at the distillery’s cask room in Tel Aviv.

Plans call for the first bottlings of this Israel single malt to go on sale in June. The first 100 bottles will be put up for a special international auction online beginning July 7 for a ten day period. No price was announced. Should you be waiting for the more regular commercial single malt release, Milk & Honey plans for that to hit the market sometime in 2019 it looks like.

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.