The floral Single Malt that started it all… in Tel Aviv.
Milk & Honey Distillery is the creation of serial tech entrepreneur Gal Kalkshtein and his team — Amit Dror, Simon Fried, and Roee and Naama Licht. Together they opened the first distillery in Israel. They drew up the plans in 2012 and started production in 2014. Their first products hit the shelves in 2016 and in May of 2017 they announced the first Single Malt produced in Israel — The M&H Classic. Today, their range includes New Make, two Gins, Roots Herbal Liqueur, and a handful of Single Malt versions.
Milk & Honey Classic is the first and multi-award-winning flagship Single Malt from M&H. This non-age-statement dram is aged "under the Tel Aviv sun" in a combination of ex-Bourbon casks and STR Red Wine casks. It’s light and crisp with no chill-filtration or artificial colorings and bottled at a perfect 46% ABV. You will discover a gentle Spirit with a floral and caramel character that blooms on the palate.
Smartass Corner #1: "Milk and Honey" comes from Exodus, Chapter 3 verse 8. The Promised Land (Israel) is referred to as, "a land flowing with milk and honey."
Smartass Corner #2: Dr.Jim Swan was a legend in the Whisky business. He had a long career as a noted Whisky consultant, helping launch distilleries around thew world. He is credited with developing the STR technique for barrel re-use (Shaving, Toasting, & Re-Charring) used today.
Single Malt Whisky
Milk & Honey
About The Flavor Spiral
What does Milk & Honey Classic taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Milk & Honey Classic and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Very smooth, very easy to drink. Had a sweeter taste than traditional whiskey, not overpowering though. I would recommend.
The malt is subtle and full-bodied simultaneously. Smooth, spicy, and sweet. In time, there is a taste of roasted peanuts.
I was interested to try this one. Quite a nice flavor, but not overly complex or full bodied.
Smooth and soft with a sweet taste. An interesting drink.
On the single malt Scotch side. Smooth. Quick finish. After reading the description, I do get the floral notes and spice on the palette. Not bad. Probably a bit pricey @ $58. (Must be the tariffs)
Nice color. Almost no nose to it but a strong honey note on the backend. Added some water but still a tad bitter/spicy without a lot of flavor.
Actually pretty good
Like the spice with a hint of sweetness
Definitely on my list. Just enough floral and sweet to not make this harsh.
Too spicy, harsh.
A bit harsh on the palate. Quite a burn with less spice than anticipated
Had a very nice finish.
Another whiskey in the 2020 Advent Calendar - this was immediately a "future-buy"
Advent #4. Seems light for a single malt but was pretty decent. Not as spicy as the spiral indicated. Decent, but doesn’t stand out above others.
Enjoyed this a lot from the advent series. Good beating from a single malt. PROMISED LAND.
Enjoyed my first Israeli whisky. Had a bite, but enjoyed the caramel.
2020 Advent Calendar day 4. Not a fan. As a new whiskey drinker, this was too much. It burns. I couldn't taste much but smoke and burn.
First sip had a strong quick alcohol burst, but as I keep at it, it’s growing on me. Not a bad whiskey in a pinch, not sure I’d go out of my way for it
Burns going down. A bit too spicy for my taste.
Basically an unpeated scotch-type single malt with floral notes. The nose/palate/finish was a coherent and enjoyable ride, not very complex but sometimes straightforward is just the thing. I did pick up the notes of the wine barrel aging, nice touch.
Good but not great, but interesting enough that I was glad to try it. Curious to maybe try other expressions from the same distillery.
Definitely a bit too much ethanol on the nose when first poured, it eventually developed a pleasant raw honey character (I would consider the floral note as integral to that.). On the first sip I had an elusive fruit note, which I am guessing comes from the "STR" barrels, but that was quickly overtaken by what I took as tobacco (maybe what other people are identifying as "smokey" or the Flaviar spiral calls "toasted"?) and a hit of tannins. This faded into a lingering maltiness.
For as much as is going on, it still felt a bit insubstantial. I had the same impression with Australian whiskey, which also ages fairly rapidly in the heat. Makes me wonder if that a common effect of aging in those hotter climates, or if my sample set is just too small.
Toffee, Carmel floral flavors
Goood taste but the burn overpowers
Good sipping with a slight spice
A little spicy, with vanilla coming through as well.
Not a fan of spicy.
Spice, yes. Toffee, eh. Roasted, sure. All in all not bad. Not great either.
Solid, sweet taste and aroma.
Lots of oak and spice on the nose. Rich flavor but a bit of a burn. Oddly enough, adding a few drops of water didn't do this any favors.
Best one yet from the Advent calendar 2020 version. Has a little spice not much.
It was really mild on the nose but the flavors didn’t really cut through the alcohol.
Ok whiskey appreciate that the spicy flavor wasn't over powering but did remind you it was there.
Not a bad flavor but definitely spicier than I like. My tongue was slightly numb after this one.
Spicy with a metallic tinge. Mild toffee notes, and an overall mild flavor for a single malt.
Advent Day 4. I found the nose and palate to not match. Very floral nose that tames down with some water. The palate was lovely with a great bread/grain feel on the tongue, caramel and honey taste, no alcohol burn, but a Spicey kick at the back like a rye whiskey with a pleasant sweet finish. But, I like it better when the nose and palate match up. At this price I wouldn’t buy a bottle, but I did enjoy sipping on this for an hour.
Sweet nose of toffee with a touch of honey. First sip was honey sweet followed by a strong kick of spice. A drop of water toned down both the sweetness and the alcohol and let a mellowed spice shine through, almost more akin to cinnamon red hots than fiery pepper.
Not really my particular cup of tea I suppose, but it was decent enough to be worth trying once.
Advent day 4, 2020. Aroma & taste are the same - dominant spice and alcohol burn with a bit of sweetness on the finish. Not one I'd buy
Smooth blend — thought it tasted smoky but apparently that’s “roasted”
Very enjoyable. Sweet with a nice spicy bite. Almost rye-like.
Spicy. Nice oak and vanilla flavors.
Spicy and sweet.
Spicy, with heat and a hint of vanilla and caramel
Very nice. Spicy with a floral finish.
Started off rough, but got a bit better after I let breathe for a while. I enjoyed the spice balanced with sweetness, but finish remained too harsh for me.
Sweet toffee. A little spice. Water takes away the sweetness.
Heavy on the spice, but pretty smooth!
Day 4 of Advent - First sip has a strong spice bite, but otherwise a light and smooth
#20 on Whisky Advocate’s 2020 Top 20 list. Huh. Definitely spicy, but boring otherwise. Not enjoyable for me.
Surprisingly smooth and balanced for a whiskey with 'spicy' as the leading flavor.
Once it sat, it became quite pleasant...floral notes were jarring at first for a whiskey, but found to enjoy it as it sat
I like the lingering flavor, but it’s a rough ride getting there.
Not quite my tempo. Didn’t really settle down for me and the finish lingered too strongly for me.
I enjoyed this glass. Definitely spicy to start but the toffee and caramel come in nicely afterwards
Good flavor: up front, spice, with a nice sweet and smokey flavor midway. Lingering oak finish. Great mouthfeel.
Day 4 of 2020 Advent calendar. Its really nice all around. Nose is sweet candy, flavor is oak roast for me. Not bad for a generic scotch I am enjoying the sample very much but prefer the WestLand Sherry, Glendronach's and WestWard.
I like it overall, but that first bite is almost overwhelming on the first sip. The nose is really nice, fresh and a little bright. The spice isn't actually as big as I had worked myself up for by the spiral graphic, but it is a bit of a mountain to climb. The tail end is very pleasant. A little extra spice on the finish at the very end, but very smooth and mellow.
Pretty generic all around, tastes like a very light run of the mill speyside scotch. Too much bite, but I do like the mellowness over all
The bite overwhelms the other flavors
(Advent 2020, #4) Some oak and sweetness in the nose, may some vanilla. Flavor wise there's some carmel/vanilla, oak, and a touch of smokiness (probably what the tasting card says roasted). The finish had almost a little spiciness to it.
Strong hints of honey with a smooth mellow finish.
Advent 2020 #4 just not a scotch fan. Lighter than most. The finish is decent. Mellows on you.
The vanilla and oak is predominate at first, but then a hint of toffee. The drink lingers with a slight warm after taste. Overall pretty darn good.
Great nose. I get toasted pecan and plenty of vanilla. Palate is not quite as good, but still nice. Oak, vanilla, and floral, with light fruitiness. I like it, but a little overpriced. If this were sub 50-60, I’d be a buyer. For around 80, there are better options.
(Advent 2020 #4) Spicy followed by a bite that's a bit rough. Occasional hints of smoothness that may be a caramel or toffee, then back to that bite.
If you’re looking for a light scotch whiskey, this is it.