Milk & Honey Elements series (Peated, Red Wine, Sherry cask)
AUGUST 16, 2020GAL GRANOV 0
Not long ago M&H distillery, based in Tel-Aviv Israel (very close to where I leave – Israel is not that big) have released 3 new expressions in their “Elements” line of produts. This follows the “Classic” which was released earlier this year. The Elements is part of M&H core range of single malt whiskies aged more than 3 years, as opposed to earlier editions of “young single malt” they have released before they have enough aged stock. It’s always nice to see a young distillery start producing core range whiskies, especially a distillery I am following very closely like M&H.
In order to launch the Elements In Israel the guys at M&H organized a nice Zoom tasting (sign O’ the times) led by Tomer Goren (master distiller), Tal Chotiner (Export Manager). In the Zoom tasting we tasted all 3 new Elements expressions, and of course the “Classic” which is the baseline..
M&H Classic , 46% abv , ₪200
This is the first official commercial expression from the distillery. The whisky was aged in Ex-Bourbon and ex-Wine cask (STR).
Nose: The nose needs time to open, you should give it a few minutes in the glass, as initial nosing is a bit harsh, but after 5-8 minutes, it really tones down revealing nice vanilla notes, some citrus peel, soft oak, and a mild fruitiness, maybe red berries (there are some STR wine casks in the vatting so that is not surprising). all in all very mellow, and well-composed.
Palate: easy drinking with a light-ish body, still on the same vanilla, wood, sweet barley sugars, oak, and a hint of pepper/ginger that adds a nice touch, getting dry towards the finish.
Finish: Short and sweet with more dry wood, spice, bitter chocolate, and char.
Conclusion : A nice entry level young whisky, it does not suffer from the maladies of youth , and clearly well blended. At 200 ILS it’s well priced as well.
On we go to the first ‘Element’ – the sherry cask. The whisky was aged in KOSHER sherry casks which were specially made for the distillery in Jerez, Spain, and supervised by a Rabbi as to attest to their Kosher (these are the first kosher certificate casks in the world!) The whisky is aged in both ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks which are both PX / Oloroso, as well as STR wine casks and ex-bourbon.
Nose: Nice sweet entry with quite a bit of red fruit, sultanas, and dry figs, oaky notes add to the balance, as well as some citrus zest – some lemon and also a dash of ripe blood orange. sour wine vinegar and almonds, and maybe a hint of marzipan, chocolate, and caramel.
Palate: Nice body, with good sherry sweetness, more of the red fruit, and again the sultana and dried fruit – but this is not a sherry bomb, a nice balance of the dried fruit, chocolate and the fresh sour-ish fruit (cherries), toasted oak.
Finish: Medium with a very nice chocolate-y touch, more oak, and sweet wine tannin, then drying.
Conclusion : If you’re looking for a sherry bomb – look elsewhere. The sherry is dominant, but it is nicely balanced by the STR casks and ex-bourbon which add to a sour, woody sweet caramel notes. Very good balance in this one – good blending.