Milk & Honey Distillery launches Classic Single Malt Whisky
A three-year-old single malt from Israel’s first whisky distillery
Milk & Honey Distillery was founded in Tel Aviv in 2012 and has now released its first single malt whisky, which is to be constantly available. “Classic” is the name of the bottling, which is made from ex-bourbon and STR red wine casks and is bottled at 46% ABV in natural color and un-chillfiltered.
Ex-bourbon casks and STR red wine casks
The Milk & Honey Distillery has been present on several international markets for some time with its young spirits, “not yet whiskies”. The quality of these bottlings has made whisky fans curious and so they waited for the first whisky from Israel. The Milk & Honey The Last One marked the final round before the Classic Single Malt Whisky was released now. The marriage of whisky matured in ex-bourbon casks and whisky from STR (shaved, toasted, recharred) red wine casks leads to a single malt with a balanced character, presenting notes of vanilla and oak, spice and a hint of pepper.
When Gal Kalkstein founded the Milk & Honey Distillery in 2012, he sought expert advice and support, for example from well-known whisky expert Dr. Jim Swan who meanwhile passed away. The manufacturing process and cask management are based on Scottish standards, but the whisky matures much faster in Israel than on the British Isles due to the hot, humid climate. International awards for their young malts and many words of praise from the whisky scene show that the Israeli malt whisky distillery - the first and (so far) only one in Israel - is on its way into a bright future.
A promising outlook
Regarding the current production volume of the distillery, Eitan Attir, CEO of M&H Distillery, says: „M&H fills approximately 800 barrels a year (approximately 170,000 litres of New Make Spirit), so by 2021 the distillery will be producing and selling over a quarter of a million bottles around the world. We work vigorously and plan years in advance to offer the world a new, single malt whiskey from Tel Aviv.“
It is no secret what the Milk & Honey distillery already has "in the pipeline" as its next project, but is proudly announced its plans: With the Elements Series, they want to present different characters of single malt from Tel Aviv in different bottlings. A sherry cask finish will be released in the second quarter of this year, later followed by a lightly peated M&H whisky and then a single malt with a red wine cask finish.
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