Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Moray malts inspire Israel’s first distillery

Post Thumbnail

An Israeli whisky enthusiast has been inspired by Speyside malts to build his homeland’s first ever distillery – with casks stored in cellars beneath the Dead Sea.

Real estate entrepreneur Rafi Dahan, 48, toured Moray’s malt region during the Speyside Whisky Festival two years ago and fell in love with Scotland’s national drink.

Since then Mr Dahan says he has become “crazy on whisky” and resolved to enter the industry himself.

Over the last two years, he and his wife, Dafna, have visited 40 distilleries across the globe and are now ready to open their own kosher distillery.

Mr Dahan said: “Israel’s whisky market has increased by 7% every year since 2008, yet vodka and other spirits are going down.

“The whisky market per year is worth approximately $200 million and everything is 100% import.

“I asked myself why nobody had opened a distillery here, and realised you have to be crazy on whisky, as well as having the dream.

“This will be the first and only distillery in Israel.

“We decided that the whisky will produce will be kosher, with the process being supervised by a rabbi and the maturation will be in kosher wine casks.”

Construction work is due to begin on the distillery this month, and its first drams could be poured by 2020.

He hopes the kosher malt will even be available in Scotland in the future.

Mr Dahan is one of many international guests preparing to descend on Moray for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The celebration of Scotland’s national drink will run from Thursday, April 30, to Monday, May 4, with events including specialist tours, tastings and dinners in the Speyside area.

A full programme of events can be found at www.spiritofspeyside.com.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]