The Milk and Honey Distillery in Tel Aviv is the first in Israel to produce quality single malt whisky. When it opened a visitor’s center, I decided to taste and see firsthand—and was pleasantly surprised.
The evening was hosted by general manager Eitan Atir; and Tomer Goren, the head distiller, guided the tour. Tomer learned the trade at a respected distillery in Scotland.
M&H was established about three years ago and it took a while until solutions were found to the many issues involved in producing whisky in Israel. These include acquiring all the equipment; dealing with the hard water here, and problems with brewing in a hot and humid climate.
With the help of Dr. Jim Swan, a top master distiller specializing in whisky maturation in warm climates, the problems were resolved. And M&H produced their first batch of single malt whisky in March 2015.
Scottish standards are being applied to production which means that the first batch,...
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