Matthew Spinozi might be somewhat of a spectacle on the corner of 31st and 10th. The contrast of his shoulder-length, chestnut curls against his clean pressed, white linen suit and leather loafers, stands out against the clean-cut commuters gathered just a few blocks away at the bustling Penn Station.
A new members-only whiskey community, Single Cask Nation, is trending with the Jewish community.
Food & Wine Editor
In 2010 Joshua Hatton attended New York’s Whiskyfest and noticed that in a crowd of about 3,500 people, over a third of them were Jewish. In that moment, he came up with the idea of catering to Jewish whiskey enthusiasts.
“There’s more kippot than there are kilts at these events,” Hatton said. “It seemed like the smart thing to do.”
The result of that brainstorm: the Jewish Whisky Company, an independent bottling company that adheres to the laws of kashrut, and Single Cask Nation, its members-only club. The company is just about to deliver its second release of high-quality single cask whiskies to its members.
Over the past few decades single-malt Scotch whisky has become one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish circles, a fact not lost on whisky producers. According to David Blackmore, the global brand manager for the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg distilleries, “It’s no great secret that the Jewish community in America really loves their single malts.”