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M&H Whisky Distillery (M&H stands for “Milk and Honey”) is based in hot and humid Tel Aviv. Founded in 2012, Milk and Honey was Israel’s first whisky distillery. They pride themselves on being adventurous, innovative and honest in their spirits.
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 also 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.” 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 an average of 300 days of sunshine, 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.
The Elements series at M&H Whisky is enhanced by the cask selection. “Each expression in this series begins with the M&H CLASSIC Single Malt Whisky and complemented with whisky matured in a variety of hand-picked, superlative and quality oak casks, culminating in a beautiful natural color, impressive flavors, and a well-balanced single malt.”
For our review today we have tasting notes on the Elements Red Wine Cask Single Malt Whisky. These red wine casks came from Israel’s finest wineries. The soil, hot days, and cool nights add a unique flavor to the wine, which in turn flavors the whisky.
Tasting Notes: M&H Apex Elements Red Wine Cask Single Malt Whisky
Vital Stats: 92 proof. Non chill-filtered. Natural color. No age statement; however, the Elements series is aged a minimum of three years. 26% red wine cask. 60% ex-bourbon cask. 10% STR cask. 4% virgin oak cask. $66. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Appearance: Golden yellow in color.
Nose: There was an interesting dynamic that happened with the aroma on this whisky. I feel like it’s both salty and sweet. A very savory nose, yet the more I sampled it, the more I got the dark fruits. My first aromas were strong on brine, with a little dark chocolate truffle, earthy, and oceanic yet sweet like an oatmeal raisin cookie with nuts.
Palate: The nose had a touch of sweet to it, well, the taste continues along that savory journey. Maybe even more savory than the nose. I detected notes of vegetables, umami, tea tree, oak, resin, and frankincense. It had a medicinal or mineral taste as it made my tongue tingle a bit.
If there’s one thing I can say about this whisky and M&H Distillery in general, they are unique. This is not a sweet-tasting whisky like a bourbon, but is more savory. To me, it was like a meal in a glass verses dessert.
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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...