Golan Heights Distillery Brewer’s Whisky – BBX Amber Ale

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Bottle still closed until I finish the previous one, tasted at the distillery’s stand at Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2018

This is the 2nd release of Golan Heights Distillery’s distilled beer (or beerskys). The previous one was distilled from a chickpea beer. This one is distilled from a more traditional amber ale style craft beer from the Golan Brewery, located in the same town as the distillery. I really loved the previous release and when I tried this one at Whisky Live Tel Aviv last week it was just as good, if not better (but this is entering the realm of personal taste). Like the last one this was matured in an ex-Golani Black (the distillery’s two-grain whisky matured in charred virgin oak) casks for 2 years and bottled at 50%.

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Golan Heights Distillery 2015 Single Malt

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I’ve had this bottle for a while now, but on account of Winter I’ve been at the smokey things in my cabinet a little more, and trying to put a dent in my very long backlog of samples, but I finally got round to it this weekend. Continue reading “Golan Heights Distillery 2015 Single Malt”

Pelter Distillery Inaugural Single Malt Whisky

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This is the third Israeli single malt to come of age in recent months. This one comes from Pelter, a well established winery in the Golan Heights who have been doing some distilling on the side for some time. A few years ago they decided to make the distillery a part of the business and purchased an alembic still. Because they were already a well established business they ran their own pre-purchase program as opposed to using a crowdfunding platform.

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Golan Heights Distillery 2014 Single Malt

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This is a very exciting time for whisky lovers here in Israel. A few local distilleries have opened up and over the course of a few months their single malt spirits have finally matured for a full 3 years. While there is no law in Israel regarding the minimum age for a single malt, the distillers have all agreed among themselves to stick to the Scottish minimum.

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Two Grain Israeli Whisky

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In honour of our independence day I figured I’d review something local. Golani is a two grain whisky made from wheat and barley, matured for under a year in New American Oak, Cabernet Oak and  Chardonnay Oak casks. Interestingly it’s also made with a sour mash, usually more common in American whiskey production. The casks are sourced from the nearby Golan Heights Winery

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