As a new feature on the site I will be posting short interviews with Whisky bloggers from around the world, these are the guys that I follow and read their posts on whisky, that i have chats with about whisky and enjoy seeing the different and similar opinions on whisky.
First Up in the series is Gal Granov from whiskyisrael.co.il/ i've follows Gals blog for quite a while now and love his style of writing and open honest opinions of whisky.
Why did you start your Whisky website?
Before i had the whisky blog i created a hebrew only wine & Cuinary blog named foodnwine.co.il, (which still is online and being updated by me). this blog first dealt with Restaurant , beers and wines, and covered the Israeli Culinary scene. When i got into whisky more and more, i featured some tasting notes and whisky news in Hebrew, and what i saw is that the Israeli whisky scene is so small, and that If i wanted to break out and have more readers i should write in English. So, i thought about branching the blog into two, one in Hebrew and one in English, for whisky only content. this is how Whisky Israel was born. I wanted to share my passion internationally, and be read throughout the world, and that is what happened. I am very thankful for that, and very proud of my decision.
What is your earliest Whisky Memory?
My earliest whisky memory is not a good one. It's probably when trying a very bad blend at home. My dad never was a big whisky drinker, but he liked other spirits (and still does), we always had a few whisky and liquor bottled in the house, and i tried all. but that whisky was BAD! it kept me from trying more whiskies for a few years, until i discovered the water of life.
In no particular order what 3 Whiskies would you recommend to someone new to whisky?
I would recommend these 3:.
* The Balvenie Double wood - this is the whisky which got me back into the whisky world,. a solid dram, well priced, lovely sherry feeling to it, rounded, and a great entry point into the world of whisky
* Lagavulin 16 - I've tried a lot, (and i mean a few 100's) of whiskies in recent years. peated and non peated, but I always go back to the Laga 16. It's just perfectly made. An excellent whisky, you can find easily, and is the essential Islay. If i had to take one dram with me, which was not over expensive, and offer value for the buck this is one!
*Highland park 18 - one of the best 18 year olds OBs out there. So balanced, so comlpete. anyone will enjoy it, and it's a real example how you make an excellent whisky.
Money no object, what Whisky would you love to own and open?
I would love to open the Original Mackinallys whisky, the one brought from under the ice. A true piece of history, and it should be wonderful.
Would you have any tips for other Whisky drinkers?
1. Experiment. try as many whiskies as you can until you find your style, and the ones you prefer.There are so many out there. and experimenting teaches you a lot, and develops your palate.
2. Older whisky is not always better. Some old whiskies are great, while others are not worth the money. NAS whiskies can be excellent too. do not pass on them because they do not carry the age statement.
3. Every nose is different. Do not worry you are not getting all those aromas and flabours you read about in whisky blogs (such as my own) or by whisky 'experts' what matters is that you appreciate and enjoy the sensory experience a whisky is.
Why should people visit your website?
I am the only blogger writing from this place on the globe, so i have my special angle, also i try to feature as many as possible new bottlings and tasting notes, as well as other whisky related items such as books, Iphone apps etc.
Many thanks to Gal and please remember to go visit his website at whiskyisrael.co.il/ and check out his reviews and news.