Jerusalem Kosher News has learned that the “The Israeli Whiskey Society” single cask whiskey that is about to go on sale (“Jerusalem Cask”) or is already on sale (“Scots Hotel” Single Cask) is most probably chametz that remained in the possession of a Jew over Passover and therefore, may be forbidden forever.
There are those seeking to assist the local whiskey aficionado in clarifying this matter after learning that it remained in the possession of its Jewish owners over the holiday this past Pesach, as well as previous ones while it was aging. But, the JKN has learned that they have been unsuccessful, thus far, in their efforts to determine if there is a way to have the whiskey permitted b’dieved (post-facto). It should be noted that the chairman of the Israeli Whiskey Society has been honest, forthright, and fully cooperative in these efforts.
Those interested in seeing the bottle in order to become familiar with the label, may visit the following websites to learn more. To the best of my knowledge, all the locally-aged whiskey currently being bottled and sold by the IWS in Israel most probably falls under the category of chametz that remained in the possession of Jews on Passover and therefore it remains prohibited forever.