Archive For The “Craft Whisky Distilles” Category

Golan Heights Single Malt, Cask 16 In First Fill Cabernet French Oak (46%)

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Golan Heights Single Malt, Cask 16 In First Fill Cabernet French Oak (46%)

A friend of mine from Israel has a story to tell on each whisky bottle he has. Some of his bottles even have more than one story. His stories can range from how he found this obscure bottle in a shop in Spain, or how his third cousin happened to be in passing through some…

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Brandy Finished – Israel’s 70th Anniversary (49.7%)

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Brandy Finished – Israel’s 70th Anniversary (49.7%)

The level of variance and innovation coming out of David Zibell’s Golan Heights Distillery is staggering, and while the whisky regime for the next couple of years seems to have been established (single cask releases of Golani, Golani Black and Golani Vino, as well as releases of single malts released as single casks both at…

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Black Whisky Live Tel-Aviv 2018 (61.9%)

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Black Whisky Live Tel-Aviv 2018 (61.9%)

David Zibell is really going from strength to strength in the Israeli craft distillation scene. After doing some great work with his own Golan Heights distillery, he has recently started The Jerusalem Distilling Company in conjunction with Lazar Berman., a review of one of their first products will be going on line here shortly. David…

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Golan Heights Distillery – Brewer’s Whisky BBX Amber (50%)

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Golan Heights Distillery – Brewer’s Whisky BBX Amber (50%)

The second installment in Golan Heights’ Brewer’s Whisky is a distilled amber ale produced by Golan Brewery. Their Bazelet beer, is commercially available all over Israel, and they operate a restaurant at the visitor’s center in Kazrin, which is basically the commercial center of the Golan region, housing also the Golan Heights distillery and the Golan…

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Golan Heights Distillery, “Brewer’s Whisky Spicy Hummus” (50%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, “Brewer’s Whisky Spicy Hummus” (50%)

Whisky lovers are always on the lookout for interesting things, and while this isn’t technically a whisky, this is one I think you’ll find very interesting.  David Zibell is really into experimentation, and here’s an experiment that went pretty well. Working with a local beer brewery, Meadan Brewery, he distilled their gluten free malted chickpea ale….

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

David Zibell is releasing his second single malt whisky cask, aged three years in charred American Oak casks the previously held David’s two grain whisky – the Golani Black (reviewed here). I actually tasted this cask about 8 months ago, and my feedback to David back then was “it needs time”. David told me that…

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Vino Single Cask 15 (64.7%)

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Vino Single Cask 15 (64.7%)

Golani is the Golan Heights Distillery’s basic core range. As I mentioned in the Golani Black review (here), David Zibell made this core line one of single casks, which is, to the best of my knowledge, the only distillery doing so. The core range of the small batch malted barley and wheat sour mash includes…

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Black Single Cask 18 (58.6%)

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Black Single Cask 18 (58.6%)

David Zibell, the proprietor of Golan Heights Distillery doesn’t stop even for a moment, and right after getting his three year old single malt launched (see here), he’s on to giving the basic core range whisky, the Golani Two Grain Sour Mash, its spiffed up permanent form, appearing as releases of single numbered casks in…

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Golan Heights Distillery First Single Malt Whisky – 3 Year Old Cask 1 (61.4%)

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Golan Heights Distillery First Single Malt Whisky – 3 Year Old Cask 1 (61.4%)

Is Israel becoming a whisky powerhouse? Well, hardly, but the local scene is extremely interesting. There are currently three active distilleries in Israel, two of which have been covered in this blog, and following Milk and Honey’s first three year whisky bottled in May, we have Golan Heights Distillery’s first three year old whisky being…

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New Israeli Distillery Starting Up and We Get An Early Peek

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New Israeli Distillery Starting Up and We Get An Early Peek

David Zibell emigrated from Canada to Israel with a vision to establish a distillery near the Golan Heights Winery, aptly naming it the Golan Heights Distillery. I met with David on a warm and muggy night in Tel Aviv, and had a chance to both hear his plans and taste the single malt new make,…

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