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[31 Dec 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
Happy new year–2011 !!!


A year has passed. wow, how time flies.
It’s been an amazing year over here at Whisky Israel.

celebrated our first birthday.

tasted hundreds (literally) of drams.

Initiated the Whisky Israel tasting society.

and so much more

we wish a happy new year to all of our dear friends, readers, and fellow whisky bloggers.

May 2011 be more drambalicious than 2010.
happy new year!

Amrican, Featured, Headline, kosher, Lion's Pride, Rye, Tasting Notes »

[30 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Lion’s Pride Rye whiskeys

Lion’s pride is a very interesting whisky coming from Chicago,IL. The distillery which makes
it is Koval distillery which also makes other distillates.
What’s interesting about Lion’s pride is that it’s a single barrel,unfiltered and handcrafted, which means it’s distilled in small quantities. In addition the whisky is Organic, and Kosher (if you keep kosher).
There are two persons behind the whisky : …

AnCnoc, Headline, Quick Dram, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[27 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Tasting AnCnoc 16

I recently reviewed the AnCnoc 12, and quite liked it, very affordable, and good summery malt. Delicate,and refreshing. Now, it is time for a go at its bigger brother, the 16 year old.  Let’s try that one now, shall we?
AnCnoc 16 , 46 % ABV , £40 (buy here)
Nose:  Lovely mix of citrus, anise, apples and vanilla drops. quite fresh …

general, Opinions »

[26 Dec 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Face Lift to Whisky Israel & further changes

Good morning,
While you have been celebrating Xmas (some of you anyways), we’ve been busy here at Whisky Israel HQ. and you can see the work done yourself…
As Whisky Israel is gaining popularity and a wider reader base, we thought that a make over is due.
First of all, we changed our hosting provider, to allow for faster access,better availability and maintainability.
Second, …

Featured, Islands, Jura, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[23 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Jura boutique barrels JO & JI

The Jura boutique barrels is comprised of three different expressions, aged in different sets of barrels specifically selected by the Jura distiller Willie Cochrane.  Each has been assigned a code in two letters used in the Jura warehouse to distinguish different barrels.

XU – heavily peated and aged in Ex-Bourbon casks.
JI – Oloroso Sherry.
JO – First fill Bourbon casks. …

Cocktail, Isle of Skye, Recipe, Uncategorized, Welsh »

[20 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Nikka Yoichi – 10 year old Single Cask # 234426

The Yoichi distillery (余市)  is located at Japan’s northern island : Hokkaido. It was founded in 1934 by Japans’ father of whisky Masataka Taketsuru . Nikka started producing whisky  in 1936, releasing it’s first whisky in 1940. The Yoichi style differs from the Suntory style and is peatier, and more robust.
Nikka is making it’s official entry into the Israel market …

Headline, Islay, Mystery drams, Quick Dram, scotch, Smokehead, Tasting Notes »

[15 Dec 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
‘Smokin’ – tasting SMOKEHEAD

We’re again dealing with a ‘Mystery Malt’ here. I guess most of you are familiar with that notion, but just a quick explanation for those who are new to the whisky world. A Mystery Dram, is a whisky bottled by an independent bottler without disclosing the true origin of the spirit , that is to say: in which distillery the …

Compass Box, Competition, Master Of Malt, Opinions »

[14 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
create you own whisky with master distiller John Glaser (Compass Box)

It’s no secret that i love the whiskies John Glaser of Compass Box makes. I’ve tasted quite a few, Recently the ‘Flaming Heart’ and ‘Double Single’ 10th Anniversary , and loved them.
Exceptional cask selection , and creative blending, creates some wicked whiskies.
Now, The folks at Master of Malt, teamed up with CB’s Glaser to create a wonderful competition, i think …

Gifts, Guide, Opinions »

[13 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
2010 Holiday gift guide on a budget

The holidays are coming and most blogs have written their “gift guides” in the last week or so. I guess this post is mostly aimed at you Europeans/Americans out there, as we Israelis and Jews, do not celebrate Xmas, and hence get no gifts. Bummer!
My idea is to put a few recommendation together for non-expensive gifts, you would be able …

Featured, Islands, Jura, Quick Dram, scotch, Sherry, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links »

[9 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Tasting Jura 21 yo 200th Anniversary bottling

The Jura distillery is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary and  to commemorate this event,  it has released a unique version of it’s 21 year old expression. Available from the island or from whisky merchants,  this dram was matured in vintage sherry barrels from 1963. The Box includes contains an exclusive invitational scroll from Distillery Manager, Willie Cochrane, to a special tasting …