Category: Scotch review

What Wines Did King David Drink?

Reviews of Shiloh Legend II 2010 and several Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Although the biblical texts are replete with references to wine, the exact varietals employed to create these libations remain a mystery. From the seventh century Islamic conquest of the region until the rebirth of the modern Israeli wine industry in the late

Fast Breaking

Reviews of the Golan Heights Winery’s Gilgal Brut and Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Breaking the Yom Kippur fast is a nominally festive occasion customarily celebrated with family and friends. And while the meal occurs at the end of a long day, the foods are usually some variation of a milchik (dairy)

The Best In Value-Priced Wine

The Top 10 Kosher wines ($20 or less) and our 5 Favorite Whiskies for the past year.
Last week we listed the Top 10 kosher wines we tasted over the past year that cost $30 or more a bottle. After all, festive holiday meals with family and friends are nigh, so a bit of

The Taste Of Rocks

A look at the concept of "minerality" in wine with reviews of the Dalton Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Bruichladdich, Islay Barley, Rockside Farm, 2007, Unpeated Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Several of the wines we have recently recommended have a notable “minerality” as part of their flavor profile. At first glance, minerality seems to be

Out Of Isolation, Chilean Wines Prosper

Reviews of the Lanzur Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and The Macallan 18 year old (1996 vintage) Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Chile is the source of some of the world’s best wine values. The country boasts over a dozen distinctive wine producing regions that extend hundreds of miles from the northern Copiapo valley to the Austral region,

Israeli Wines Continue Ancient Tradition

Reviews of the Psagot Edom 2011 and the Kilkerran “Work in Progress” 5th release, Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Given the importance of wine in ancient times, it is not surprising that the writing on a clay jug fragment found in Jerusalem dating from the time of King Solomon is actually part of a

Burgundy’s Long Reach

Reviews of Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012 and several Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. This honor is conferred upon locations that have “outstanding universal value from the historical,

Israel’s Developing Wine Culture

Reviews of Gamla Syrah 2010 and Balvenie 15 year old Single Barrel Sherry Cask.
A recent visit to Israel has reaffirmed our enthusiasm for the Holy Land’s developing wine culture. Besides the different wineries that seen to be cropping up nearly every week, there is a palpable sense that enjoying wine is becoming as fundamental

‘Cooking’ The Wine

Reviews of Covenant's "The Tribe" Chardonnay 2013 and Cragganmore 12- year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
There has been a steady increase in the number of kosher wines released on the U.S. market that are being made mevushal or “cooked.” These are wines that have been thermally processed in accordance with religious strictures so as to,