MILK & HONEY Peated Cask Finish 55%
Single Malt Whisky, Israel, 70cl, Ref: 56786
The Milk & Honey distillery began production in March 2015. In addition to its single malt, it also produces a gin called Levantine produced entirely from malted barley, which is macerated with juniper berry, oregano, lemon and orange peel, chamomile, lemon verbena, cinnamon and black pepper. After being aged for three years in a first fill bourbon cask, this version was then finished for three months in an ex-Islay whisky cask. A true land of contrasts, in terms of both flavours and aromas, it constantly wavers between power and mellowness. To better highlight this original duality throughout the tasting, its guiding themes are two elements key to its balance: peat and smoke.
the concentrated first nose reveals beeswax, candied fruit (peat), camphor and intense smoke. Allowed to breathe, it becomes animal (smoked meat), floral (tuberose) and rooty (gentian). The resolute attack is characterized by notes of talc and pommade (ointment). The mid-palate evokes thin strips of dried peat. Gradually, the flavour palate becomes fruity and floral (banana, date, violet, dandelion). The rich finish is candied (lemon), peaty and vanilla. The retro-nasal olfaction is vegetal (cut hay), saline and smoky (tobacco).
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- Appearance : deep burnished gold.
- Nose : rich, concentrated. At once characterized by beeswax, candied fruit (pear, Mirabelle plum), camphor and intense smoke, the first nose boasts impressive power and firmness. Allowed to breathe, it becomes animal (smoked meat), floral (tuberose, iris butter), rooty (gentian) and spicy (ginger). Then, very appropriately and with lots of originality, various honeys (lime blossom, heather, pine, lavender) dominate the palette of aromas. Note that these fragrances form an incredibly united front.
- Palate : strong-willed, full-bodied. On the attack, notes of talc and pommade (tiger balm) appear alongside fresh fig and iodine tincture. The mid-palate invites us to contemplate dried peat cut into thin strips. The flavour palette then becomes extremely saline and vegetal (twig, lichen). Fruit and florals gradually appear. These include dried banana, date, violet and dandelion. The very mineral (slate) end of the palate is also earthy and salty (dried seaweed).
- Overall : long, generous. Moving from candied citrus fruit to dried peat, via bourbon vanilla, the start of the finish shows unwavering strength and intensity. Gradually, zan liquorice sweets, violet and an oily and chocolatey peat envelop the taste buds. The retro-nasal olfaction is then vegetal (cut hay, straw), saline (mineral salts) and smoky (tobacco, chimney smoke). The empty glass is a melting pot of heady florals, vanilla, camphor, ash and citrus fruit (lemon).
- The brand
The brandFondée en 2013 au cœur de Tel Aviv par Gal et Lital Kalkshtein, deux entrepreneurs ambitieux, Milk & Honey est la première distillerie de whisky Israélien. Ses fondateurs n’ont pas hésité à faire appel à des experts, notamment le Dr Jim Swan, afin de soutenir leur ambition de créer une gamme combinant innovation et tradition, à l’image de Tel Aviv : fraîche, urbaine, multiculturelle et vibrante.
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