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Milk & Honey Israel's First Single Malt Whisky

1st June 2017
Israel's first whisky distillery launches Israel's First Single Malt Whisky.

Milk & Honey Israel's First Single Malt Whisky

The Milk & Honey Distillery, Israel's first whisky distillery, has announced the forthcoming release of Milk & Honey Israel's First Single Malt Whisky. The Milk & Honey single malt whisky was made in Israel from start to finish, this is the first release of a Israeli single malt whisky that has been matured for 3 years and hence complies with the definition of whisky which we have here in Scotland and many other parts of the world.

The Milk & Honey Israel's First Single Malt Whisky is the first cask in its experimental series and an integral component of the formulation of the final product now in production at the distillery. The initial sales of the first 391 bottles of Israeli single malt whisky will be later this month.

The Milk & Honey distillery say that the new whisky is the harbinger of what is yet to come - special Israeli whisky that is well mature, thanks to the warm Israeli climate.

The distillation of this historical whisky began at the distillery's early stages - even before it was established at its current location in south Tel Aviv, before the current industrial equipment was purchased, and before the successful crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. The barrel was distilled in January 2014 in a warehouse in the Northern Sharon region , by Head Distiller Tomer Goren, together with internationally renowned master distiller, the late Dr. Jim Swan, as part of his role as consultant to the distillery at the time.

Distilled on the 14th Jan 2014 the liquid was aged for 31 months in a 225 litre virgin American oak cask and then for another seven months in an ex-bourbon cask matured at the distillery's cask room in Tel Aviv. It was bottled at 46% ABV on 2nd April 2017, it has no added colouring and is non chill-filtered.

The first bottles of Israeli single malt whisky will go on sale to the public later this June, distributed by Hacarem at select stores nationwide.

Sales of the first bottles in the special edition (numbers 1-100) will begin on July 7, 2017 for 10 days through a special international online auction.

Milk & Honey Israel's First Single Malt Whisky Review

Bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and non chill-filtered.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Light maltiness with a gentle touch of orange, combined with notes of oak, cinnamon lemon and marzipan.

Taste: Light bodied, a hint of citrus and orange peel followed by soft notes of black pepper spiciness. A fine balance between gentle fruitiness and spiciness.

Finish: Long and slightly spicy, with lingering chocolate notes and delicate maltiness


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