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Tel Aviv is the economic and technological center of the country, so why not have the first whisky distillery in all of Israel? Well, M&H Whisky didn’t start in Tel Aviv because of the economy or tech, but it doesn’t hurt. They wanted to be part of the vibrant food and beverage scene that the city is known for. “Tel Aviv is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Titled the ‘Mediterranean Capital of Cool’ by the New York Times, this is a 24 hour city with a unique pulse, combining sandy Mediterranean beaches with a world-class nightlife, a buzzing cultural scene, incredible food, UNESCO recognized,” says Visit Israel. The city landscape is constantly evolving with its creativity. M&H Whisky wants to be known for that as well.
When you think of other whisky regions around the world they aren’t often as hot and humid year round as Israel. Perhaps, India is the best equivalent. In these hot and humid places, with almost year round sunshine and heat, whisky ages more quickly than it does in other whiskey regions like Kentucky or Japan. Is this good or bad? It depends on who you ask and what flavors you like.
M&H Whisky is very well known for their cask selection. “Our casks are selected after a meticulous screening process, with thought and planning years ahead. Alongside our cure range of ex-bourbon casks, ex-red wine casks and STR casks, we constantly seek for new and interesting casks like pomegranate wine, kosher sherry, rum, etc.” For our review today we have tasting notes on the ex-Cognac small batch whisky.
M&H Apex Cognac Cask Small Batch Whisky (image via M&H Distillery)
Tasting Notes: M&H Apex Cognac Cask Small Batch Whisky
Vital Stats: 117.6 proof. Non chill filtered. Natural color. Aged a minimum of three years. A vatting of carefully selected, ex-Bourbon and STR casks precedes a finish in Kosher ex-Cognac casks from a family-owned Cognac house. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Appearance: Golden yellow in color.
Nose: The aroma is faint yet sweet. I detect stone fruits like dark cherry and plum. It’s mostly dark heavy fruits as well as grape and cognac.
Palate: For me, this ex-Cognac cask whisky is hot, and hard to taste the nuisances of without some water. There are heavy spice flavors like clove, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with leather, menthol, and eucalyptus.
Although I am a huge fan of winter spices like clove, cardamom, and nutmeg this was not a whisky that I loved. I did not like it neat but found that it opened up a bit with water. If this whisky were in my bar at home I would prefer to use it in a mixed drink or use it for warming whisky in the winter time.
Melissa D. Jones is a traveler, blogger, photographer, storyteller, foodie, whiskey lover and creative entrepreneur. Living for adventure and new experiences she's photographed her way around all 50 states and 47 countries (still counting!) and wrote her travel knowledge into a book. When she's not traveling you can find her...