China trade war with Australia

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MERCILESS trade war against Australia. Lobster producers in Tasmania are affected as are wine producers. The horrid trade war was vile china’s failed attempt to bully Australia to try and cover up that the china virus came from china.

Lobster is just one of a raft of industries hit by China’s trade sanctions, including beef, wine and barley. 

Professor Rory Medcalf, who heads the National Security College at ANU, believes China is trying to coerce Australia into “essentially supporting China’s interests”. 

It is clear that that the sanctions are being used as a weapon by china to punish Australia for adopting policies and positions that china doesn’t like.

China accounted for more than 40 per cent of all Australia’s wine exports — and 50 per cent of red wine exports – before the tariff hit. That’s fallen to near zero.

Well, Australia’s barley producers have found new markets! Vile china go to hell!

West Australian grain handler CBH Group has sent a shipment of malt barley to Mexico, which is a first for the Australian grains industry. The shipment of 35,000 tonnes of malting barley, used to make beer, was loaded at the port of Albany in WA and sent to Mexico in January 2021.

Despite vile china’s futile attempts to cover up the origin of the china virus, more and more evidence has emerged showing that the vile china virus came from the lab in wuhan, china and was wilfully spread worldwide.

Boycott china.

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MULTI faceted Wine Paris and Vinexpo Paris is going digital because of the vile china virus pandemic wilfully spread by china worldwide. Alas, there is no substitute for actual tasting and visualising the wines and holding the glass of wine in your hands.

WINE PARIS & VINEXPO PARIS GOES DIGITALBringing wine and spirits professionals from all backgrounds together, allowing them to engage with each other and creating a buzz at a time when they most need it, is what drove the entire team at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris to come up with a raft of new content accessible on Vinexposium Connect. A product catalogue, networking facilities, features and international events will be available throughout June 2021.

Save the dates in your diary – Thursdays 3, 10 and 24 June along with 14, 15 and 16.
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VINITALY in Verona Italy postphoned again!

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MANY wine experts, producers, traders and importers look forward to is postphoned yet again. Why? All because of the vile china virus wilfully spread by china worldwide. Last year I was kindly invited to attend Vinitaly but due to the horrid china virus Vinitaly 2020 was postphoned.



A truly special event for the sector in October 2021

A programme of initiatives from March to October to promote the recovery on national & international markets

Verona, 16 March 2021. Veronafiere has decided to postpone the 54th Vinitaly – the international wines and spirits exhibition – now scheduled 10-13 April 2022. “The ongoing uncertainties within the national and international scenario and the extended lockdowns have prompted us to reschedule the exhibition definitively to 2022,” said Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere S.p.A. It is a question of making an albeit painful choice of responsibility; yet another compulsory halt that deprives Italian wine of its landmark event for national and international promotion. While waiting for the scenario to become more favourable once again,” Danese concluded, “Vinitaly continues to work hand in hand with all exponents, including sector institutions, such as the Ministry of Agricultural Policies and ICE-Italian Trade Agency, as well as all associations and categories, to continue supporting the competitiveness of Italian wine both on the domestic market and other countries already on the way to recovery, with the USA, China and Russia in the forefront.”

Against this background, the CEO of Veronafiere, Giovanni Mantovani, added: “We confirm OperaWine attended by Wine Spectator and the top companies in the sector identified by the American magazine for the 10th anniversary of this event, which remains scheduled in Verona next 19-20 June. The event will focus on restarting the sector, thanks to the involvement of the trade press and national and international operators,” said Mantovani, “and will also act as a point of attraction and a driving force for all the wine companies keen to take part in a b2b calendar that Veronafiere is already preparing.” 

Operawine will be preceded, again in June, by the Vinitaly Design international Packaging Competition (11 June) and Vinitaly 5 Stars Wine The book (16-18 June). The Vinitaly international Academy (21-24 June) will close the attended events scheduled for the summer.

Innovations also include an exceptional promotional event with significant institutional input next October and which will guide the sector during the run-up to the 54th Vinitaly in 2022.  Giovanni Mantovani went on: “We are talking about Vinitaly – Special Edition, a strictly b2b event that will highlight the resumption of national and international business in Verona 16-18 October.”

“We want to keep attention on Italian wine alive all over the world as one of the most meaningful ambassadors of Made in Italy,” said the President of ICE-Italian Trade Agency, Carlo Ferro. The initiatives implemented by Veronafiere to keep the ball rolling between Vinitaly 2019 and 2022, with the Vinitaly Special Edition and other events we will develop together share this objective. This seamless approach was achieved despite the global pandemic and thanks also to the use of new tools in terms of digital commerce.  I send my best wishes to the entire Veronafiere team and wine producers in the belief that the events scheduled for 2021 will help support Italian wine-making excellence.”

While waiting for the resumption of attended events in Italy itself, Vinitaly continues its operations on international markets, starting off in Russia with stop-offs in Moscow and St. Petersburg scheduled from 23 to 25 March. It will be the turn of Vinitaly Chengdu 3-6 April and then Wine to Asia (Shenzhen, 8-10 June). And China will again open Vinitaly’s international calendar in the autumn (13-17 September) before moving on to Brazil for Wine South America (22-24 September).

Veronafiere also makes its know-how available to organise other promotional events in other target markets for the wine sector.

The decision to postpone Vinitaly was shared with organizations and associations in wine-making and agricultural sectors. There follow below, in alphabetical order, statements by: Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane Agroalimentare, Assoenologi, Cia-Agricoltori Italiani, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri, Federdoc, Federvini and Unione Italiana Vini (Uiv).

“We acknowledge the decision to postpone the 54th Vinitaly to 2022,” said the wine sector coordinator of Alleanza Cooperative Agroalimentari, Luca Rigotti. It was certainly not an easy decision to take but, in light of the current health situation, it is in line with what Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane-Agroalimentare is hoping for. We also welcome the other promotional initiatives proposed by Veronafiere for coming months: we look forward to being able at last to enter a stage characterized by a higher level of safety and fewer uncertainties for the wine sector. These are also necessary conditions if we are to relaunch – thanks to the experience and expertise of Veronafiere – the wine sector on an international scale.”

The President of Assoenologi, Riccardo Cotarella, commented: “The decision taken by Veronafiere to postpone the 54th Vinitaly to 2022 follows the direction suggested by the wine supply chain. Yet, above all, it takes into account the on-going situation of serious difficulty generated by the pandemic emergency, for which vaccination has not yet found a decisive answer. It is a choice of responsibility that we share in the broadest terms. We are equally ready to support the other initiatives announced by Veronafiere and scheduled for next June and later in October. The world of wine simply has to be ready for the when markets restart and therefore it is vital to keep attention high even through events capable of stimulating national and international relationships and interest in our sector. Yet the support that the Italian government and Europe will be able to implement to sustain the entire agro-food sector will be even more important: after more than a year of pandemic, this field is feeling the impact of the crisis just like other sectors in the Italian economy.”

“We team up with Veronafiere to continue supporting the sector with all the companies and producers who help every day to ensure that wine in one of the products of Italian excellence acknowledged all over the world,” said the National President of Cia-Agricoltori Italiani, Dino Scanavino. The pandemic is still a very serious matter and has forced a further postponement of attended events – but we are ready to work together with Vinitaly, in these difficult times, to support a vital field in the agro-food sector with production worth around 12 billion euros and an incomparable reputation.”

“Postponing Vinitaly is a necessary decision to allow attendance by international operators and support the success of the most exported Made in Italy agro-food product worldwide which, despite the pandemic, achieved turnover of 6.3 billion euros in 2020,” said the President of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini, in highlighting the importance of the programme of upcoming Veronafiere events starting with OperaWine.

“The decision of Veronafiere, although a painful one, goes in the right direction,” said the President Confagricoltura, Massimiliano Giansanti. We especially appreciate the capacity for resilience and range of proposals put forward in such an extremely difficult time for the wine sector. Confagricoltura fully supports Veronafiere and the entire national agro-food trade fair sector. We are convinced that it is vital to support the validity of the Italian system and avoid perilous openings to other international realities. We also believe the Veronafiere, with its activities and Vinitaly, is a hugely valid promotional and image tool for the entire Italian wine sector. We therefore hope to restart at full swing again in 2022 by giving far-reaching emphasis to the initiatives scheduled as of today through to the next edition of Vinitaly, together with our companies that help make the Italy of wine so great worldwide.”

The President of Copagri, Franco Verrascina, said: “Veronafiere decision, however painful it may be, confirms its seriousness and desire to support winemakers in the best possible way in these critical times. We are more than happy to collaborate and stand alongside Veronafiere in planning not only the 54th Vinitaly but also the special event in October, thereby giving a signal to the world of wine as regards promotion and valorisation of Italy’s great wines.”

“The announcement of the postponement is a huge disappointment but the reality of the pandemic leaves no room for alternatives: it would be difficult for us to plan trips and contacts, we would encounter difficulties in welcoming guests to our stands,” said Sandro Boscaini, President of Federvini, “yet the second postponement widens the void left by Vinitaly not taking place. We need international contacts, we need to present our products and keep in touch with the enormous number of national and international operators who flocked to Verona in the past. We are sure that Vinitaly’s experience and expertise, with the help of ICE Italian Trade Agency, will be of great help to our companies, with formulas and proposals we can study quickly together.”

“I can only emphasize our regret in having to miss out on Vinitaly again this year, the main reference event for the Italian wine sector,” said the President of Federdoc, Riccardo Ricci Curbastro. A show so full of events, reviews, tastings and workshops to promote meetings between exhibitors and national and international operators in the sector which has contributed to the success of Italian wine around the world while also highlighting that the wine sector is one of the pillars for the international success of Made in Italy. We ask the Government to consider the immense economic damage that this decision entails and therefore to provide effective aid to keep the international competitiveness of our trade fair sector high.”

“We understand and share the reasons that prompted Veronafiere to postpone the landmark event for Italian wine,” explained the President of Unione Italiana Vini (Uiv), Ernesto Abbona. However, we believe that it is essential in such a difficult moment to keep the promotion engine running. We therefore support Vinitaly’s intention to continue sustaining the sector during the year by organizing targeted events on behalf of the business and international image of Italian wine.”

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Burger King GRILLED for offensive tweet!

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MUCH Galgenhumor (German for gallows humour or black comedy) in BUrger King’s attempt to highlight female inequality in the kitchen! Yes, it is a cold, cruel, heartless world and life is unfair.

Burger King’s attempt to highlight gender disparity in the restaurant industry with a provocative tweet appears to have backfired.

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On Monday, 8 March 2021 is also Commonwealth Day and also International Women’s Day, the Twitter account for Burger King UK tweeted “Women belong in the kitchen.”  

OMG! Faux pas n’est pas!

In a series of subsequent threaded tweets, the fast food giant pointed out the lack of female chefs in the restaurant business.

“If they want to, of course,” reads a follow-up from Burger King UK. “Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We’re on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career.”

The chain then highlighted its new scholarship program for female employees to “pursue their culinary dreams!” But later in the day, Burger King UK, before deleting the tweet, tweeted an apology: “We got our initial tweet wrong and we’re sorry. Our aim was to draw attention to the fact that only 20% of professional chefs in UK kitchens are women and to help change that by awarding culinary scholarships.”

Meanwhile, the Burger King Foundation, the company’s United States-based nonprofit arm, meanwhile, published a full-page ad with similar language in Monday’s print edition of the New York Times. “Women belong in the kitchen” was bolded in large font that took up much of the ad’s above-the-fold space.

“Fine dining kitchens, food truck kitchens, award-winning kitchens, casual dining kitchens, ghost kitchens, Burger King kitchens. If there’s a professional kitchen, women belong there,” the ad continued. “But can you guess who’s leading those kitchens these days? Exactly. Only 24% of chef positions in America are occupied by women. Want to talk head chefs? The number drops to fewer than 7%.”

This shows how true the old adage is: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says, Keep calm and carry on eating Burgers! Stay healthy!


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Air Travel hit by china virus

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MONSTROUS china virus wilfully spread by china worldwide.

3 February 2021, Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history! Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December.

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.
  • International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%.
  • Domestic demand in 2020 was down 48.8% compared to 2019. Capacity contracted by 35.7% and load factor dropped 17 percentage points to 66.6%.
  • December 2020 total traffic was 69.7% below the same month in 2019, little improved from the 70.4% contraction in November. Capacity was down 56.7% and load factor fell 24.6 percentage points to 57.5%.
  • Bookings for future travel made in January 2021 were down 70% compared to a year-ago, putting further pressure on airline cash positions and potentially impacting the timing of the expected recovery.
  • IATA’s baseline forecast for 2021 is for a 50.4% improvement on 2020 demand that would bring the industry to 50.6% of 2019 levels. While this view remains unchanged, there is a severe downside risk if more severe travel restrictions in response to new variants persist. Should such a scenario materialize, demand improvement could be limited to just 13% over 2020 levels, leaving the industry at 38% of 2019 levels.

“Last year was a catastrophe. There is no other way to describe it. What recovery there was over the Northern hemisphere summer season stalled in autumn and the situation turned dramatically worse over the year-end holiday season, as more severe travel restrictions were imposed in the face of new outbreaks and new strains of COVID-19.” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Total Market
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East
North America

1) % of industry RPKs in 2020    2) Year-on-year change in load factor    3) Load Factor Level

International Passenger Markets

Asia-Pacific airlines’ full-year traffic plunged 80.3% in 2020 compared to 2019, which was the deepest decline for any region. It fell 94.7% in the month of December amid stricter lockdowns, little changed from a 95% decline in November. Full year capacity was down 74.1% compared to 2019. Load factor fell 19.5 percentage points to 61.4%.

European carriers
 saw a 73.7% traffic decline in 2020 versus 2019. Capacity fell 66.3% and load factor decreased 18.8 percentage points to 66.8%. For the month of December, traffic slid 82.3% compared to December 2019, an upturn over the 87% year-to-year decline in November reflecting pre-holiday momentum that was reversed toward the end of the month.

Middle Eastern airlines’ annual passenger demand in 2020 was 72.9% below 2019. Annual capacity fell 63.9% and load factor plummeted 18.9 percentage points to 57.3%. December’s traffic was down 82.6% compared to December 2019, improved from an 86.1% drop in November.

North American airlines’ full year traffic fell 75.4% compared to 2019. Capacity dropped 65.5%, and load factor sank 23.9 percentage points to 60.1%. December demand was down 79.6% compared to the same month a year-ago, a pick-up over an 82.8% drop in November reflecting a holiday surge.

Latin American airlines had a 71.8% full year traffic decline compared to 2019, making it the best performing region after Africa. Capacity fell 67.7% and load factor dropped 10.4 percentage points to 72.4%, by far the highest among regions. Traffic fell 76.2% for the month of December compared to December 2019, somewhat improved from a 78.7% decline in November.

African airlines’ traffic fell 69.8% last year compared to 2019, which was the best performance among regions. Capacity dropped 61.5%, and load factor sank 15.4 percentage points to 55.9%, lowest among regions. Demand for the month of December was 68.8% below the year-ago period, well ahead of a 75.8% decline in November. Carriers in the region have benefitted from somewhat less severe international travel restrictions compared to the rest of the world.


Thai Airways International said on Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 that it planned to cut 50% of its workforce in the next few years, as the troubled flag carrier submitted its rehabilitation plan. The airline plans to have 13,000 to 15,000 employees on its books by 2025, acting president, Chansin Treenuchagron told a briefing. china covered up china virus

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Australian Wine Exports to China drop!

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International Travel now

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MORE complex world because of the china virus.

International travel is very complicated right now. The vaccines against the vile china virus are a very good start to defeat the virus that  vile china deliberately spread worldwide. However, many countries are still closed to travel. They include Australia and Canada, and popular Asian destinations like Thailand, India and Japan, even as Japan prepares for Tokyo 2020

In January 2021, Seychelles became the first country to open its doors to vaccinated travellers from all over the world, including no quarantine requirements. This marked a reassuring milestone for international travel and paved the way for ‘vaccine passports’, which could be the golden ticket to a true spring or summer vacation this year.

*Subject to travel restrictions in your country of origin

What's happening in travel now?

You can go to Hungary if you have recovered from the china virus or you have a negative china virus test. You can also travel to the Maldives, the Caribbean Islands and the Mediterranean Islands as long as you have a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction).

You can also have adventures at home and do staycations and explore parks and beaches.

Finally we realize that these problems began with vile china wilfully spreading the virus worldwide as more and more proof of their culpability emerge.

The world’s best airline, Singapore Airlines has also been badly hit by the vile china virus.

Singapore Airlines posts S$142 million loss in Q3 2020 as passenger numbers plunge 97.6% !

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MARVELLOUS Singapore Airlines, the world’s best airline!

The Diamond rating is the highest level
attainable in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit of global airlines.

The audit was jointly conducted by industry body Airline Passe
Experience Association (APEX) and aviation strategy firm SimpliFlying. A rigourous
quantitative 58-point checklist covered 10 categories. These included testing,
tracing, on-the-ground procedures, in-flight measures and partnerships to further
enhance safety integrity.
The diamond rating marks at least 200 points above the minimum gold standard determined by APEX and SimpliFlying for passenger safety and well-being. Standards are based on independently verified,validated, and certified airline passenger health safety measures.

Yeoh Phee Teik, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Singapore Airlines,
remarked: “Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, we undertook a comprehensive review of
our health and safety measures together with our partners and regulators, in
consultation with medical experts, and by taking on board customer feedback.
“Our teams deep-dived into many check points along the end-to-end customer
journey. We reinforced existing procedures where necessary, enhanced some of
them, introduced new measures to supplement them, and used digital technologies
to complement them and support a more seamless travel experience. Singapore Airlines is renowned for our industry-leading product and service, and we will continue to ensure that world-class health and safety standards remain an integral part of our brand promise.”

CEO of APEX, Dr. Joe Leader explained: “Singapore Airlines’ commitment to customer
well-being shines via a contactless journey management bolstered by best-in-class
onboard hygiene. As a Diamond health safety certified airline, Singapore Airlines
has gone a step beyond investing in their passengers’ wellness by implementing
the latest advances in testing and health passport technology.”

Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying, added: “Singapore Airlines has raised the bar
for health safety standards in the industry with initiatives such as near-touch checkin kiosks, mobile notifications for baggage delays and digitisation of in-flight menus
and magazines. Taking hospital-grade measures in ensuring health safety will help
bolster trust among travellers.”

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Health and safety when travelling with Singapore Airlines

SIA has introduced comprehensive health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of our customers and staff members. Pre-departure measures include basic passenger health assessments, as well as contactless services such as mobile check-in and digital in-flight menus.
SIA regularly applies anti-microbial coating on high-touch surfaces including areas
in the lounges, as well as various sections of the aircraft cabin including the
lavatories. On selected aircraft, electrostatic spraying machines containing a
disinfecting agent are used to sanitise the cabin.

During the flight, SIA requires all customers and staff members to wear masks unless
they are eating or drinking. Cabin crew are also required to wear goggles, as well
as gloves when necessary, while interacting with our customers. They are also
required to be in protective gowns on flights from certain sectors.
While all physical newspapers and magazines have been removed, SIA offers
customers a free e-Library via their personal tablets and mobile devices that
provides access to more than 1,000 global publications. Meal services have been
simplified to reduce contact, but SIA has managed to reintroduce favourites such as
its satay and garlic bread for premium classes within one tray.

All SIA aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which
remove more than 99.9% of particles including airborne viruses and bacteria in the
cabin. The cabin air is refreshed every two to three minutes throughout the flight.
This is a very important point because I well remember that in the days before the horrid china virus wilfully spread by China worldwide, when you went on a long flight to London or Paris of 12 to 13 hours, and there were some people coughing away in the cabin,,,when you arrived you would come down with a cough and cold too! This happened to me and my family a few times, until we started using a virucidal gargle before and during and after the flight. Then all was well!

Post-flight, headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets and blankets are
replaced. Linens are washed at high temperatures to disinfect them after every use.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on flying with SIA!

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Croatian wine for Biden’s Inauguration

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MOST unusual wine frrom Craotia will be served at the Inauguration of President Elect Biden,

The new American President and his team will enjoy a touch of Croatia beacuse wines from the Pelješac peninsular vineyards will be served. A fascinating story is that the Croatian wine in question is a wine that covers both sides on the Atlantic. The vineyards are based in Croatia they are owned by an American family.

At Joe Biden’s inauguration wines from the Dingač and Benmosche Family Zinfandel at 15% alcohol will be served. A great moment for Croatian wines, and Pelješac wines, as the world’s media zooms in on the Inauguration of the 78 year old Biden.


The vineyards in question were started by Robert H. Benmosche. He was the former head of the world’s largest insurance group, AIG, and was also a former advisor to President Barack Obama. Benmosche, who was a passionate lover of Dalmatian wines, planted the vines in 2006 on the terraced slopes of Dingač. Benmosche passed away in 2015, but his family continued working on the vineyards. The famous winemaker, Marija Mrgudić, who Benmosche referred to as his “boss” when he arrived in Pelješac carried on wine making. Benmosche fell in love with the area so much that he bought a luxurious sea-front villa in Dubrovnik before his demise.

The late Ben Benmosche

The question is why was an American Zinfandel from California not chosen??? Zinfandels from the Napa Valley are very famous. They are known as Primitivo in Puglia, Italy. The variety is actually from Croatia called Crljenak Kastelanski that was identified in 2002 by UC Davis.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on drinking wine!

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Whiskey from Israel!

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MILK and Honey Whiskey Distillery from Tel Aviv in Israel.

This is now a new Whiskey from Israel the land of milk and honey. Hence the name of M & H Whiskey Distillery. Only Whisky from Scotland is spelled WHISKY. Others are spelled Whiskey. I am actually partial to classic Scotch Whisky from Scotland like Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. However it is a good thing that there is now this new whiskey from Israel.

Unlike Scotland which is usually very cold in winter, this whiskey has HOT CLIMATE MATURATION.

Israel has 300 sunny days in an average year! The Mediterranean climate allows hot climate maturation so that the whisky ages rapidly, yet gracefully.

The warmer weather takes gives a specific terroir which yields unique flavours that differ from their Old-World counterparts. Our methods, technique and equipment follow centuries-old knowledge. The tradition of minimum three years of aging is also maintained. The casks used include ex- bourbon casks, ex-red wine casks and STR casks plus unusual casks like pomegranate wine, kosher sherry and rum casks. Ceratinly something very different from the Old World. STR means Shaving, Toasting and Recharring when applied to casks.

The Classic Single Malt Whisky is made using the finest casks that used to contain bourbon and special red-wine STR casks. At 46% alcohol it has a light and balanced character. A vanilla nose and on the palate, vanilla, honey and caramel. Presented in a 700ml bottle.

Tomer Goren the Head Distiller also has Apex White Wine Cask, Apex Pomegranate Cask and Apex Cognac Cask. Apex Pomegranate has a nose of ripe pomegranate with a palate of figs. Cognac Cask has aromas of cloves, star anise and thyme with a palate of nutmeg and tart red berries.

Apex Cognac Cask
Apex White Wine Cask

L’chaim! {Cheers in Hebrew}

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