Review: Milk & Honey Levantine Gin / by Jason Hambrey

Barley Spirit and Botanicals
Distiller Milk & Honey (Tel Aviv, Israel)

This gin is made from a double distilled base of malted barley. To this, a number of botanicals are macerated, including cinnamon, chamomile, black pepper, lemon peel, lemon verbena, coriander, and origanum syriacum. After maceration, the spirit is distilled a third time.

Origanum syriacum is notable as a primary spice of the spice mix za’atar - it is a very distinct flavour and certainly makes this gin unique.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

The nose is very herbal – indeed, it very much resembles za’atar. It really dials up the lemon, it’s like the intensity of pickled lemon peels. But we also have lemon, cumin, juniper, orange, and a grainy, slightly nutty base. It’s quite rich, for a gin. The lemon character is quite intense on the palate too – lots of preserved lemon peels, or, perhaps one might even say lemon cleaners. It has a slight sweetness to it that is nice.

I like it. The herbaceousness is intense, unique, and quite good.

Assessment: Highly recommended.