Tel Aviv, Israel

Roman is the 'junior' in the Malt
Madness Team, reporting from an
area with lots of culture - but no
malt whisky culture to speak of.
He offere's an unique 'beginner's'
point of view.
See Roman's
factsheet for details.

2000

The Team:
Craig
Davin
Klaus
Krishna
Louis
Patrick
Roman

Subject: E-report #9 - Old Endings & New Beginnings
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001

For the past few weeks, on a Russian movie channel which is broadcasted into Israel through cable TV a series of Sherlock Holmes movies (Russian made) was shown. The movies themselves are superb, of the best Soviet era movie production, with the actors very seeingly enjoying their parts in the movie. Vassily Livanov that acts as Holmes himself, is considered the best performer of Holmes in the world, even above British actors, and his picture is posted in the museum on Baker St. 221B in London.

And what a way to watch these wonderful movies (11 series total, one per evening) - with a pipesmoke and with a whisky glass. I had three bottles which had only about 150-200ml of the drink in it, and finished them during the series. So, the remarks are about the change the malts underwent towards the bottom of the bottle. All the malts have been opened at least half a year beforehand. No ratings were changed, since IMHO malts should not last that long in such state.

Laphroaig 10 went down significantly, most of its spirit gone. The iodine became more dominating and the malt much less pleasant.

Glenlivet 15 was quite preserved. It became more sherried, but not too oppressive and definitely the description of a "well, stable" malt fits to it excellently.

Talisker 10 was still absolutely magnificent, despite the time in the open bottle. After the series ended the bottle still contained a couple of drams, which accompanied me when I was watching another Russian movie, of the entirely different scope - Solaris, by Tarkovsky.

And then, my gf came back from her trip to Italy, and she brought me the "Italian" marked whisky - Macallan 7, which I am consuming right now. Great stuff, great value! Here comes the description:
Relatively dark and a bit mirky.
Nose: quite a lot of peat, not Macallanish.
A bit of sweetness which is Macallanish. Minty, spicy.
Taste: sweet with a hint of salt of the regular Macallan in the beginning, then the young age hits in. Peat playing together with mints and chocolates. Excellent, no afterburn, very bold for the stated 40% alc.
We'll have to see how it lasts, but, for example, for guest reception, when the bottle might end in few evenings this must be always considered a choice.
A definite winner. The price of $20 only and an excellent experience.
Preliminary rating of 85 - above Macallan 12

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Subject: E-report #8 - Major Tasting with Louis - IMPRESSION
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2001

Hey, guys!

Here comes the long-promised report on the wonderful and even more wonderful malts Louis introduced me to... In the approximate order of appearance and with as much remembrance I still carry:

Bruichladdich 15:
Excellent starter, mellow, sweet, with hints of salt and smoke poking.
Never would think it's an Islay. Very good to get started.

Bruichladdich 21:
Emphasizes even more the better qualities of the 15 years old.
A very good companion to a supper! Extremely gentle.

Bruichladdich 11 (Murray McDavid):
Again, the difference in the age is felt, this time to the opposite side.
This time, some mixture of "shy boldness" and regular mellowness appears, and this malt is least favorite of the three. But it was a good trampoline to the next group of malts.

Arran NAS:
Spicy, underdeveloped. Grass, pepper, less salt. Not too pleasant. Really, it was a trial malt rather than a known one to enjoy. Bitterness at the end doesn't add. But, again, a very interesting thing to try before.

Glenmorangie Cellar 13:
Again, spices, cloves, peppers, even a hint of coriander. Then goes sweeter. Something Arran guys have to learn from, looks like the same stuff, but properly arranged. But, they're also related in the bitterness in the finish...

Springbank 10:
All the previous malts forgotten immediately. Heavy sherry shows up immediately. Oily, sweet streaks. Very good, superb. Different from any other distillery I tasted so far.

Springbank 12 CV:
An overall improvement over 10! Rich and seemingly neverending.
Candy playing together with sherry, not much saltiness.

Springbank 12 100 proof:
The hit of the night. The only malt of the twelve I asked for the second dram! Something like Magnetic Fields of Jean Michel Jarre, if music and taste can be compared. Again, sherry and sweet, with stronger proof only improving their combination. After this triplet, I must find a Springbank somewhere for a deeper exploration.

Longmorn 30 57%:
Very good continuation of Springbanks. Sherry, rich and slightly oily.
Sweet, just more salt, clearly distinguishing it from the Campbeltowns.
Diluted it a bit, and I must say, I liked 57% version more.

Ardbeg 17:
Ardbegs came after a well-deserved break. And, we started with the top player of these. Indeed, a malt with behaviour. Sweet and soft in the very beginning (suspicion - bruichladdich) and then the Islay's peat hits. No extra iodine as in Laphroaig and Bowmore, superbly balanced, even finish. Marvellous.

Ardbeg 8:
Hits like a hammer. Much bolder than Laphroaig 10. Salt, peat, hints of iodine, keeps your mouth busy for a long time. But, most of the strength, unlike in older brother, goes out in the beginning.

Ardbeg 27 OMC:
Again, the old age development is in the predicted direction. Softer, still very islayish, but more salt and sweet than peat. Very enjoying, but makes me wonder if it's worth to hold Islays more than 20 years in the cask.

Magnificent tastings.
Thanks a lot Louis! I was rather drunk when I finally got to the place I was staying at, but managed to undress and get int bed without problems. :)   Of course, it would be premature for me to give ratings to these malts, but in order of preference, I'd put them in the following order:

01) Springbank 12 100 proof
02) Ardbeg 17
03) Springbank 12 CV
04) Longmorn 30
05) Springbank 10
06) Ardbeg 27
07) Glenmorangie Cellar 13
08) Bruichladdich 21
09) Ardbeg 8
10) Bruichladdich 15
11) Bruichladdich 11
12) Arran NAS

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E-report #7 - Tasting Session 15 Feb. 2001
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001

On the table:
Lagavulin 16
Glenlivet 15
Dalwhinnie 15
Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish
Highland Park 12
Glenfarclas 12
Laphroaig 10

Continuing the research on the malts I brought from Eastern Europe, I organized a tasting session with my friends in which took altogether five people - one of them relatively advanced malt consumer (for Israel, which means he did taste 5-7 malts before) [Alex 1], one a beginner [Alex 2] and two total newbies [Mike 1 and Mike 2].

Lagavulin 16 was tasted by two newbies only - I've been regularly having my drams of it and two other guys already tasted it and wanted something new. Mike 1 nearly choked on it - he was unprepared and it was too intensive for him, but the other one was extremely impressed by both the smell and the taste of it. I must add to that my experiences from that bottle have been extremely pleasant ones. So the rating of 96 stands.

Glenlivet 15 was tasted by me, Alex 1, Alex 2 and Mike 2. A very profound drink. First, the sharp malt reveals itself and then when the mouth gets adjusted to it, a lot of new flavors show up - just as I wrote before, orange candy in the beginning, then chocolate and mint with a hint of bitterness later. Tasting it without smoking a pipe didn't cause much afterburn. Rating - a strong 85 and I will be trying to dilute it next week.

Dalwhinnie 15 was tasted by me, Alex 2 and Mike 1. A gentle malt. It fit nicely for Mike 1 that was hit by Lagavulin before. Smell - sweet and sour, very friendly. Freshness in the nose and in the taste. Fruits, not too complex. Unchallenging, I'd think it is 40%. Very convenient bottle. Rating of 74.

Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish - tasted by me, Alex 1 and Alex 2. The most complex malt of the listed, IMHO. The nose - elements of cognac, sweet and sour, but challenging. Pity, I tasted the GM10 about a year ago and can't really compare the experiences. There are similarities between it and the Glenlivet 15, but this one is sharper. Minty, aggressive, with a bit of mint. Rating of 84.

Highland Park 12 - the malt of the evening (there was little left in the bottle, so everyone took a dram of it to finish it off). This malt had a lot of time to breath and I wasn't expecting too much to be kept from the smell. Yet what was left still was very remarkable. A peaty, smoky background and a sweet font. Taste - a wonderful balance of sweetness with a hint of salt. Alex 1 in the beginning was not impressed with it, but after going through about a half of a dram he changed his mind and even went for
an additional dram. Rating goes up to 87.

Glenfarclas 12 - untouched. This bottle uses a metal cap and not a cork and it already reduces it attractiveness... I had two drams of it until now, not too impressive. Still a lot to explore, though.

Laphroaig 10 - tasted by me, Alex 1 and Mike 2. Great stuff! Mixture of everything from Islay and more. Peat, iodine, sweetness. In the taste it all mingles together into a pattern. Still, the iodine a bit too characteristic for me, a stronger one than in Lagavulin. Still, it is not the "medicine-like" Bowmore 12. A solid 85 from me, just as pleasant as Glenlivet 15, but for entirely different part of the spectre.

The summaries of the other tasters:
Alex 1: 1) Glenlivet 15, 2) Highland Park 12, 3) Glenmorangie PWF, 4) Laphroaig 10
Alex 2: 1) Glenmorangie PWF, 2) Glenlivet 15, 3) Highland Park 12, 4) Dalwhinnie 15
Mike 1: 1) Highland Park 12, 2) Dalwhinnie 15, 3) Lagavulin 16
Mike 2: 1) Laphroaig 10, 2) Lagavulin 16, 3) Highland Park 12, 4) Glenlivet 15

So, as you see, the opinions are very different.

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E-report #6 - The Whisky Hunt of a Tourist
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001

        Ok, yet again I will remind - for those, that read an e-report of mine for the first time - you can't normally buy a single malt scotch whisky in Israel, because the drink is taxed on import for 242% and above it a VAT of 17%, so that regular 10-15yr whiskies are in 100-200$ area. But, when an Israeli travels abroad he is officially allowed to personally import up to 1L of quality spirits tax free per person travelling, bought either in local duty free shop or abroad. And the custom control is lousy, only about 1% of people are selectively checked so one can usually bring as much as long it doesn't stick out.

        The Israelis aren't too keen on spirits, or even other alcoholic drinks, opposite to the Jewish food cult. I overheard two of them criticizing the Johnnie Walker Black label 1l bottle for being more expensive than 1.5l bottle of Jack Daniels. But the true malt appreciators like me use and abuse such trips for refilling their stock of malts. So, I anticipated my recent trip to Prague and Budapest not only from the sightseeing point of view, and not only for spending a week in my girlfriend in such romantic places, but also because of opportunity to buy some water of life and revive my stock!

        So, first battlefield for me was the Israeli Ben-Gurion Airport Duty Free Shop. It's a bit expensive, usually, but the tax of 242% is not applied and so the prices are ok. The selection is not bad, and so the deal which had Laphroaig 10 for $30 only immediately had my eye. Only I could purchase 2 bottles (as for me "and for my gf") - the customs disallow buying more in local airport, they have a mechanism of spotting of overbuyers in the Duty Free Shop (not for the importers from the abroad shops).
The remaining bottles presented the following most interesting choices:

        * Glenlivet 15y Export Strengh (43%) - something quite rare [$40]
        * Laphroaig CS 0.7L [$40]
        * Lagavulin 16y [$44]
        * Talisker 10y [$40]
        * The Balvenie 12y [$35]
        * Benriach 10y [$25]
       
The curiosity took over everything else and the Glenlivet 15 was bought.

        First stop was in Prague airport for transit to Budapest. Being aware of the fact that I am going to be there again, I could have a thorough inspection of the Duty Free shops there before the assault on the Hungarian shops. The marks of Lagavulin 16 for $30, Dalwhinnie 15 for $25, Talisker 10 for $25 and others caught my eye and were
carefully written for further reference.

        Budapest. A wonderful city with lots of liquor stores. Many of them (I daresay more than a couple of dozens) were inspected. But, the result was quite pathetic. They don't have single malts there neither in liquor stores nor in supermarkets, save Glenfiddich Special Reserve which doesn't count. A glorious choice of wines, especially the white wines, led by Tokaji, and various strong liquors, the original Uniqum and the Czech Becherovka. Lots of Shiva's Regal. Disappointment. I only saw a Lagavulin and an Oban 14 in some semi-tourist shop in old Buda and the price was about $50. BTW, the city is just as disappointing on the issue of pipes and pipe tobacco. But the sour mood disappeared immediately as I entered the Duty Free Shop in Budapest Airport. I almost cried I couldn't buy a dozen bottles. I limited myself with Lagavulin 16 (59DM), Glenfarclas 12 (45DM) and Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish (77DM) but left behind several fine malts at super-friendly prices. The choice is less than
in Israeli DF, though.

        Prague is magnificent. It has at least half a dozen entirely different regions with unique architecture and landscape. One can spend days just walking its streets. And I did walk and scouted the shops, and my gf also - for me. Among numerous wonderful pubs full of the best beers in the Eastern Europe and strong contenders for the best beer in the whole World several stores with a selection of malts are available. Some of them are pure liquor, but quite a few are combining alcoholic drinks with cheese/sausage departments.

        So, what's on the shelf? Again, Glenfiddich everywhere (of three different reserves, from $25 to $90). Very often the whole Classic Malts of Scotland selection is available, at sizes 0.7-0.75cl, with equal prices for each bottle, and from to shop to shop the price varies between $30 and $40 a bottle. Talisker 10, Laphroaig 10, Glenlivet 12, Balvenie 10 represent the cheaper zone of the malts ($25-$30), and even expensive "luxury" malts like Balvenie Port Wood 21, or Glenmorangie 18 Rare Malt are there, in the $60 area. The shops worth attention are "Apetit" on Dlouha street - right next to the famous tobacco shop and whisky bar "King Charles" and a couple of shops on the central boulevard Venceslav (metro Museum, Mustik).

        Then there was the Prague airport Duty free. Already overloaded with bottles, I still couldn't stand the temptation and bought the Dalwhinnie. In general, the DF had a decent selection of malts and the prices were about 15-25% lower than in the shops in Prague itself.

Total import: 6 bottles, 5.75l of the water of life.
I can live again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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E-Report #5 - Pipe Smoking and Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Date: Tue, 2 jan 2001

       While not having an option of frequent and intensive single malt consumption (Israeli customs ridiculous taxes on Single Malt imports) I often try to vary the experiences from my whisky drams by combining them with pipe smoking. Most often, pipe doesn't damage the nose and the taste of the whisky at all for the drinker, on the contrary, you may reach quite interesting conclusions about joining two of these activities.

       I've been smoking pipes for about two and a half years and I have tried a variety of pipe tobaccoes, wide enough to establish my general preferences in the field and even to mark an absolute champion - as of now it is "Pele Rasmussen Blue Label" but, guess what, this is not my favorite tobacco while drinking the malts! For the purposes of this assignment I would classify the tobaccoes into three groups:

  • European heavily flavored (Borkum Riff Champagne, MacBaren's Ambrosias, etc.)
  • European lightly flavored tobaccoes (Three Nuns, Balkan Sobranie, etc.)
  • American vanilla-background tobaccoes

       I will mostly deal with the joint taste aspect, because, first, the smell of the whisky which is near your nose, pushes everything else out, and second, for me, the taste is more important than the nose.

        I. European heavily flavored tobaccoes.

        These are in fact great tobaccoes, my favorites, but - they don't go that well with Single malt whiskies! Their palette is extremely rich, featuring a full spectre of taste and aroma, from the bitterness of the burn to the sweet-and-sour of the flavor. These ones featured at their bests with lesser whiskies, often erasing the bad effects of the drink, in my case it was the bitterness of Longmorn 15 and the medicine of Bowmore 12.
So, my advice, if you ran across the whisky you have a problem of finishing, you can use these rich and powerful tobaccoes. My preferred method is an almost non-stop smoking of the pipe, sometimes interrupted by getting a sip of the whisky.

        II. European lightly flavored tobaccoes.

        Also, a distinguished family of tobaccoes. Herbs and slight bitterness dominate them and so make them excellent companions to many superb Scotch whiskies. Is it a coincidence, that most of these tobaccoes are done in the UK?
So, which whiskies would I recommend when smoking a pipe of such a tobacco? The answer is definite - the sweeter, gentler ones. Highland Park and Macallan only gain in combination with these tobaccoes, and so do others of their likeness. The Islays are doing less well, because the herbs, the smokyness and the bitterness are a part of themselves and the interference harms both the smoke and the drink.

        III. American vanilla-background tobaccoes.

        A typical tobacco of that group, a Captain Black Gold, is  characterized by extreme mellowness and lack of any bite or spice. I don't like such tobaccoes much, but there is a field where they help - with the intensive, peaty malts. It turned out, that the gentle smoke of such a tobacco (the favorite being Middleton's Gold & Mild), prepares your mouth greatly for the powerful malts. Lagavulin and Talisker explode when you drink them, reaching even further than usual. The smoke here is not for the sake of smoking itself, but for the sharpening of the drink!

        The size of the pipe, in my opinion, should correspond the role of the tobacco in the procedure, so in case of American tobaccoes, for example, pick a smaller pipe. I would also recommend a bent pipe rather than a straight one.

        So, is there a winning combination of a tobacco and a whisky?
Oh, YES! Balkan Sobranie mixture and a dram of Highland Park 12 join for a genuine experience, getting the absolute best out of these two fine products.

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E-Report #4 - A small tasting session
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000

Recently we had a small tasting session with a friend of mine (the cognac adept one) with only Bowmore 12 vs. Glenlivet 12. The idea was to sample Bowmore again, after being such a failure before, and after it was allowed to breath for a few weeks, versus Glenlivet which is overall a nice but not an outstanding whisky.

Well, Bowmore 12 only got worse. I have a friend that is a big fan of Bowmore anyways and I hope he'll agree to trade this bottle (which has about 0.75l left in it) for some other whisky. Salt and even a bit of mustard in the taste, too heavy. Rating goes down to 70.

Glenlivet 12 - just very very nice. Contrasts of bitterness and sweet in both nose and taste. I feel I need to have more of it to give it a rating.

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E-Report #3 - Bowmore 12 - a little disappointment
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000

Hi, A brief report of a sole tasting.

Yesterday I was brought a bottle of Bowmore 12. Very friendly price of 28$. Beautiful bottle, although the design of Balvenie is a more convenient.
Smell: typical peaty, smoky for Islay. But not a very wide bouquet and a hint of not so nice medicine-like smell. Probably some unsolved alcohol. The smell ranks it 6th among my 7 tasted malts above Macallan. Still, I don't give much importance to smell, so I moved on to a very thorough tasting.
Taste: has some VERY disturbing salty medicine-like side. It breaks the peaty taste which would give otherwise a sense of VOLUME to the drink. I thought in the beginning that the glass wasn't clean, so I took another one, clean for sure, also washed it with mineral water and then poured the Bowmore for a re-tasting. Still, the medicine-like side remained. I finished the drink and I will finish the bottle, but I will think twice to buy another one.

We'll see how it improves with time as well. Primary rating of 73.

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E-Report #2 - 03 Aug 2000
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2000

Finally, I am glad to make another contribution to the Reports list.
The malt knowledge is not widespread in Israel, and the tastings I arrange are often first time of Malt for my friends.

So, 03 Aug 2000 - on the table:
Macallan 12
Longmorn 15
Cognac Remy Martin XO
{quite a strong competitor}

Tasters - me and 2 friends of mine, one a huge cognac enthusiast, that hasn't tasted malts before, but also a big fan of Johnny Walker Blue, another one - recently quite successfully introduced by me to Malts. Also there were some women. But the strong aroma of the malts already scared them away from these bottles and they concentrated on a some very nice other drinks.

Resumes: Macallan 12 - a very light malt. The aroma is also not so intensive, but sweet and nice. The bit of saltiness in the taste is surprising, but not unpleasant. My placement - behind Lagavulin, Talisker and Balvenie 10, above Glenmorangie 10 and Longmorn. The cognac fan wasn't impressed - "A very nice drink, but not profound enough". On the other hand the third guy, who favors the lighter side of the spectre put this one as his second top choice so far [and he tasted Glenmorangie, Balvenie and Lagavulin and his preference was in that order]. An average of this marks would give it a rating of 82-83.

Longmorn 15 - overwhelming bouquet. When we tried this malt, one of the girls decided she wanted to try it. Well, she had to drink, squeezing her nostrils shut, the aroma was too strong, causing even some tears in her eyes. And, a couple of tips was sufficient for her - too strong a drink. Taste: overall very nice, complex, but has some bitterness which is not welcomed by me. The cognac fan, on the other hand, was very much impressed, the guy surely favors the intensity. The third guy didn't like it too much. An average rating of 75-76. For us, by the way, the nose is quite less important than the taste.

Remy Martin XO - oh, very very nice, but offtopic. Too bloody expensive, BTW.
Always glad to taste more and contribute some more,

I have another remark on Glenfiddich. A friend of mine that heard a lot of good things on Single Malts [and of likes of Lagavulins, Macallans, and likewise] decided to go for a tasting. Unfortunately, he stumbled upon Glenfiddich, which is one of the widespread malts. He told me: "So, I tasted that very-much-talked-about single malt. Nothing special at all." I replied that he should visit Malt Madness and try the top scorers instead.... But some damage was done.

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E-Report #1 - My First E-Report
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000

Hi!

I'm glad to join the Malt Madness Team, indeed as some "beginner taster"!
I wrote to you before that the first tasting and nosing of Longmorn 15 didn't impress me much. I took some time and made a more profound session with it.
The nose was amazing. The spectre is just so wide, the intensity good.
It's surely my second favorite nose after Lagavulin's peat.
The taste has some oiliness and a tip of bitterness that put it below other single malts I tasted so far (Laga, Talisker 10, Balvenie 10 and Glenmorangie 10), but still very much enjoyable.

I very much hope I'm able to travel to Europe in the end of the summer.
If all is perfect I will do it as a business trip to Germany (Munich)
which I will extend by a week or two for some traveling - which may just include the BeNeLux countries. If not then I'll go by myself and I am not decided yet where to go.

We're taking a break from whisky or anything stronger than white wine here in Israel. It's +32C with 70% humidity in Tel Aviv and +35 in Jerusalem. It's going to be at least that bad for the next two weeks... And the a/c in my apartment broke down. Anyways, my supplies are not good currently as well since no one of my friends went abroad recently. Hopefully during August I will get some 3-5 more bottles and then my own trip... :)

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Subject:  Malt Madness May 2000 Update
Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000

Thanks for the great update!
I've been brought recently Longmore 15 and Talisker 10.
For the first one I've managed only a brief tasting and I found a bit of bitterness in the taste that I didn't quite like. I will have to get more profound tasting on it though.

The second one is absolutely great. The main disappointment is that the size of the bottle is 0.7 and not 1.0 ! Talisker firmly occupies the 2nd place in my list after Lagavulin 16.

Recently I made another convert. A friend of mine stopped by and I offered him to have a drink. First, I gave him Balvenie 10, a lighter, sweeter malt. He liked it very much. Then I smirked and poured some Lagavulin to him. That really hit the spot! The guy wasn't a newbie in strong drinks, he has quite an experience with cognacs, but he was absolutely amazed by Laga. Tomorrow when I met him, he said that "the smoky one" is something unique he will have to get. :)

I am very interested in buying malts online, the only thing that bothers me is the Israeli custom tax, how much I can buy without being forced the 216% tax on it...

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Subject: Thanks Malt Madness!
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000

I always used to enjoy "strong" drinks - from classical vodka during meals in a pure russian style (I was born and lived in Russia until I was 16, so I received my education) - to cognacs. I used to think that Johnnie Walker Black Label is the best there is to offer. Then I ran across a Scot that told me I was utterly misled, and that I should taste a single malt Scotch.

In the Middle East - the drinking culture is very low. The aborigen population is used to consume mostly 'arak' - a hardly tasteful experience, and the young age of the state and hot climate lessens the desire of alcohol consumption. So most people don't know both how and what to drink and often quite big guys are totally stoned after a litre of beer like Carlsberg. Unfortunately, here in Israel single malt Scotches, top Irish, Cognacs, Armagnacs and other superior quality strong drinks are taxed by the state on import by some 200-250%, and to this tax also a 17% VAT etc. are applied, so a bottle of Macallan 12 yrs costs in a store about $150. You can bring a bottle from a Duty Free without being taxed, though.

I went to WWW to seek about Single Malt resources and of course ran across your site immediately. I wrote down some top names from your bang for buck list and gave it to friends of mine that were planning to come to Israel. So, this February a friend of mine came from US and brought me the first bottle of Single Malt - it turned out to be Glenmorangie 10 yrs. This was a breakthrough. The difference was felt immediately. I understood, that now I am a single malt whisky person.

And then, another friend brought me a bottle of Lagavullin, 16 yrs.
That was a moment of truth. The drink is absolutely amazing!
Now I am waiting for Balvenie 12, Macallan 12, Talisker 10 and Highland Park 12 to arrive in the near 3 months. Johnny Walker Black Label is only being used in preparation of Rusty Nail cocktail and a bottle of Red Label I had doesn't deserve more than preparing some hot drinks based on whisky.

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