Review: Milk & Honey Young Single Malt / by Jason Hambrey

STR Wine Cask
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Milk & Honey (Tel Aviv, Israel)

M+H’s new make is very interesting -herbal with hay, a rich barley character, and a unique evolution on the palate – it starts oily, rich, and grainy and then it goes spicy, floral, with orchard fruit which lead into a nice fruity finish. It very much has two phases. What happens when you stick it in a hot warehouse for a couple years in an STR cask? This.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

The nose is quite clean, and very advanced for the age- I suppose the hot maturation conditions probably helps with that. Lots of oak, vanilla, banana chips, dried flower notes, lots of oak – toasted and charred notes, pear, almond and nice herbal notes – mint and hay. Even at this age, the oak is approaching total domination – on the side of sweet oaky notes and tannins. However, it’s fine as is. The finish is nice – prunes, dried fruit, toffee, and oak. The tannins are nice and nuttiness tends to grow.

There are very few single malts that taste this good at less than 3 years of age.