The world is becoming an incredible place with more single malt whiskies being produced in far lands of the world like Taiwan, India, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia and finally Israel!
Milk & Whisky Distillery is rooted in Tel Aviv and made real by six entrepreneurs who were in the tech business. They had the vision of crafting Israel’s first whisky. It took a successful business plan, discovering Israel’s rising interest of high-quality whisky, a little help from the extraordinary the late Dr. Jim Swan and some help from nature itself using the Mediterranean’s warm climate growing on the barrels.
Milk & Honey is following Scottish whisky rules, reminding us of Indian whisky distilleries like Paul John and Amrut, who are also making incredible whiskies same way taking advantage of the climate and local ingredients. M&H imports yeast from Belgium and uses reverse osmosis water technology to fine-tune the water source. The most important ingredient, barley is imported from the UK and Czechia.
I met the brand at Whisky Show London in 2018 and now remembering myself being amazed by the young spirits they offered to me. I also remember Tomer Goren, the head distiller, telling me that they will experiment with different barrels, ages, innovate and carry Dr. Swan’s innovative approach too.
They finally launched their two ‘young’ single malts in the USA under the name of ‘Whisky In Bloom’. I call these two bottles ‘messengers’! I believe that Double Cask and Lightly Peated expressions are showcases of what they have imagined and they are getting ready for the future.
I have tasted and reviewed both expressions. It is incredible to see how two single malts of only 2 years of age attained such a good level. Dr. Jim Swan was a true master of aging in warm and humid climates and apparently his experience is clearly seen in these bottles.