Golan Heights Distillery, “Brewer’s Whisky Spicy Hummus” Distilled Chickpea Ale from the Meadan Brewery, Matured 2 Years (50% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Burnished copper, slow legs leaving a considerable amount of droplets.
Nose: Dates, orange blossom, vanilla, the hops are detectable on the nose, mineral cleanliness, and after a bit of time the chickpea earthiness.
Palate: Sweet hit, then a wave of spice which increases, mostly black pepper, but also some cinnamon. The mouth is mostly spicy, but you can definitely get the charred oak
Linger: Dry and tangy, with citrus peel and a ring of spicy pepper around the gullet. A bitter “hoppy” hint in the mouth, with ginger and some honey.
Other than being designated “whisky”, which it obviously isn’t (hence the “Brewer’s Whisky” designation), this is quite interesting stuff, straddling a fine line between the highly innovative and the very well made. In fact, it’s interesting enough to merit getting a bottle.