MILK & HONEY DISTILLERY Benelux Exclusive 57% abv 70cl
Tasting notes courtesy of Whiskylifestyle.com
Established in 2012, this young distillery started production in 2015. And with the help of the late Dr Swan, who also consulted several other distilleries in the world, they started their journey.
Since the distillery is based in Tel Aviv, Israel you can imagine the influence of the climate is quite different from Scotland. The average temperature is between 13c in January and 26c in July, and the humidity percentage is anything between 50-90%. Which means their whisky will mature about 2-2.5 times faster than Scottish whisky. Quite the difference eh!
Now the distillery is open for a few years, they have released 2 single malts, both limited editions and long sold out, but the first core range expression is only expected at the end of the year. Until then there is the cask series, a series of spirit that is still too young to be called whisky, but which they say is the link between their new make and that single malt. And all the samples that I’m having here are from that series.
Milk & Honey, The Benelux Edition
This one is exclusively bottled for the Benelux market and is around 1 year old. Another youngster, but this one was bottled at 57% ABV.
The Benelux Edition has matured in a red wine cask.
Nose: This smells very nice. Quite fresh at first: lemons, limes. Unripe pears. Followed by red apples. And later forest fruit, such as blueberries, red berries. A hint of biscuits too.
Taste: Sweet red grapes. Blueberries. There is a little bit of honey. Biscuits. And some lemon in the background. Some sugary sweetness.
Finish: short to mid-long. Sweet.
Unbelievable that it’s not even a year old. It already has so much taste and almost tastes like a single malt already. I’m very surprised by this and certainly the best of the 3 for me. I am curious how this will develop, as it seems that the wine cask has a particularly high influence here. And I wonder if this will still be drinkable when it is about 4-5 years old. But this release is nice.