May 042020
 

In 2013, plans for a distillery in Tel Aviv were well underway, and the founders of the distillery initiated a brilliant move to gain the distillery some notoriety. Hence, an Indiegogo campaign was launched which sold 1000 bottles of a future promise. This promise came to fruition in the Founder’s Edition, a beautiful rendition of the M&H Classic finished in specially sourced (kosher) Pedro Ximénez seasoned butts, presented at 57% ABV.

So having waited 6 years for this, here we go:

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M&H Founder’s Edition (57% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Bronze, very thin and slow legs.

Nose: Sweet spice, with both peppery notes and cinnamon with clove. It’s followed by dried apricots and red fruit. Dry wine notes, but a sweet wine. After a while in the glass, you get a creamy maltiness with a more intense sweetness. Water brings out some winey sourness. The PX is really noticeable and adds quite a bit of depth, without overpowering the spirit.

Palate: Chili pepper with sweet dried fruit, with a bit of a waxy bitterness, with washes of sweetness. A little bit of water rounds it out on the palate, bringing some maltiness in, while highlighting some citrus.

Linger: Spice (pepper and cinnamon with some chili), coupled with a dryness that almost borders on chalkiness. The linger is long remains spice prominent for a long while.

Conclusion

This is a lovely expression that really shows off the M&H spirit and the direction the distillery is headed. This is basically – cask wise – the Classic with a PX finish presented at cask strength. Both the finish and strength make this whisky one that totally rocks. I really like the strong PX influence here, which I think adds a lot of depth.

There is no doubt that this is a bottle you’ll really be happy you sprang for, way back on the Indiegogo campaign in those early pre-production days.

Mar 312020
 

Milk and Honey, or rather M&H, is my local Tel Aviv distillery. I’ve tasted the new make a mere days after the distillery started to distill in 2016, and have been regularly tasting the spirit in various casks as it progressed on its journey to become whisky.

You’ll find my previous posts about the distillery right here.

The Classic is the first of the core range of the distillery, which should be augmented later this year with a few other expressions planned to explore different casks.

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Tomer Goren, the Master Distiller, developed the flavor profile of the Classic over 2 years ago. He told me then that ex bourbon and STR wine casks are a great combination that works really well with the spirit he’s distilling. You’ll recall that STR is a process perfected by the late Jim Swan, who worked very closely with the distillery in its early days. The STR process takes a wine cask and strips it of a layer inside the cask. This exposes new wood, but one that has some wine influence left in it. The cask is then toasted AND charred, providing both flavor and cleansing properties to this newly exposed wood.

 

Milk and Honey Classic (46% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Light gold, thin legs off a pretty sturdy necklace.

Nose: Malty with some wood spices, notably cinnamon, and white raisins. The maltiness turns creamy, with a hint of pine and unripe banana.

Palate: Citrus peel bitterness on the start, with pepper, caramel and wood spices. There’s a little hint of sweetness there, but it’s hidden.

Linger: Spicy, with pepper and some bitterness, with oak and a hint of wine dryness. The spice remains for a long time on the tongue, with sage settling on the gullet.

Conclusion

This expression has definitely crossed a threshold. It’s a very drinkable whisky. Despite being young, it doesn’t feel that way, which shows the great talent that went into making this. I like that while being a great sipper with a maturity attained much later in Scotch, this expression retains the kick younger expressions have.

All in all, this is a very balanced expression, and would serve as a great introduction to the distillery style.