From the first distillery in Israel, we have their very first batch of single malt whisky available for sale outside of the distillery itself. So for the first time in Australia we are proud to introduce the Milk and Honey Classic Single Malt Whisky as the March Malt of the Month to our members and to make it more exotic it is limited to a measly 4000 bottles worldwide!
For this month we head to another ‘unlikely’ region for whisky production – the middle east. Don’t unpack your bags from last months journey just yet, we’re off to Tel Aviv, Israel, not somewhere you would associate with whisky production but the Milk and Honey Classic Single Malt Whisky is matured in the finest ex-bourbon and special ex-red wine STR casks. Maturation under the Tel Aviv sun benefited the whisky with a rapid development of flavour and texture, giving it a complex and delicate flavour, a medium-light body, with a balanced and refreshing character.
STR stands for ‘Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred’. It is a technique pioneered by the below mentioned Dr Jim Swan. A used cask is shaved inside to remove the previous toasting and is then re-toasted and charred. Effectively exposing new wood to the spirit. The STR cask allow influences from both new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak and spice.
Once again, a ‘hot climate whisky’ – we spoke about the benefits of hot days/cool nights in last months newsletter. Tel Aviv has a larger difference between day/night temps than the average Scottish distillery and so the spirit is ‘worked’ in and out of the wood with the changes in temperature and resulting pressure.
This is a fantastic, complex and smooth single malt whisky not to mention worldy, exotic and not available in Australia until now and only to our members.
Nose: Oak and honey plus some orange peel aromas. Wafts of jasmin and vanilla pods.
Palate: A big burst of peppery sweetness that melts into honey, vanilla and just a touch of toffee. A very dry mouthfeel with no oilyness and just the slightest astringency.
Finish: Mildly spicey but definitely dry finish of medium length.