The Land Of Milk, Honey And Now Whisky

Hot climate matured whisky is making its mark.

By Demi Dalton 01/07/2020

Today, whisky is global. With new and varied environs enabling innovative distillers to discover heightened and layered flavour profiles without the traditional restrictions of a time-intensive scotch whisky process.

Over the past decade, there’s been a growing list of hot climate distilleries emerging across Australia, India, Taiwan – and recently  Israel, the land of milk and honey.

While the Middle East might not be your first thought for whisky, Tel-Aviv’s M&H (that’s Milk and Honey) single malt makes its debut as a no age stamp whisky matured in ex-bourbon casks and red wine STR (shaved, toasted and re-charred) casks.

As a young distillery, founded in 2012, the bottling is no more than four years old and while sweet on the nose with a light bodied palate – one wonders the potential a 10-year-old bottling could present.

Pale straw colouring hints as to what is expected – much like an American bourbon, you’re met with sweet honey, citrus peel and green apple. Beyond the nose, a low viscosity, dry mouthfeel is immediately noticeable. Although pepper and honey hero the flavour profile, there’s a soft fruity impression that pulls through alongside a low, oaky finish.

With new worlds approaching whisky, a lot can be said about the liquors global influence. M&H propose a promising future for the old-world drink, one carved from the unique challenges of creating a Middle Eastern whisky wave.

$120; thespiritsafe.com.au

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