The tasty and fulfilling story of why distillers like Laphroaig and Glen Moray would want to sell off their quality stock to three American Jews.
They might still be discussing that weeks parsha or midrashim and theyll have some bottles of whisky too. So they’ll have a lot of fun drinking whiskey and talking torah .
As a proud Jew and a hearty drinker, I can tell you firsthand we are not often regarded as great producers of intoxicants.
At best, you might think of Schmaltz Brewing, the solid, upstate New York brewery that attains plenty of Jew-punny brews like their HeBrew Jewbelation strong ales; at worst, though, you most certainly think of the god-awful Manischewitz Kosher wine.
But, believe it or not, some of the finest whisky being released in America at the moment is also coming from Jews. More specifically a trio of prefer people who not only dont hide their heritagethey even print it on their bottles alongside a prominent Star of David.
Even more interestingly, Jewish Whisky Company is show Americans both Jewish and gentile a whole new way that great whisky can be bottled and released in this country.
I think I first fell in love with scotch because its smokiness reminded me of going camping when I was a kid, Joshua Hatton, the companys chairperson told me.
What Jews go camping? I wondered, us Jews not exactly known for enjoying sleeping outdoors or getting dirty .
I had a non-Jewish stepfather! Hatton sheepishly admits.
Hattons initial love for scotch, though, was 100% Jewish-related, the love affair first stoked in his synagogue the working day at oneg a casual collect for snacks and drinkings after Friday serviceswhen a congregant poured him a peaty dram of Lagavulin 16. That sip would totally change his life.