Something you do not see everyday, a single malt spirit from Israel!
Produced in Tel Aviv, the label shows a bottling date of the 6th of February 2018, but no distillation date. The fact that this dram cannot legally be called whisky suggests it is pretty young.
Nevertheless, the humid heat of Tel Aviv, spirit matures at an extraordinary rate, and this dram displays incredible complexity for its age. Something that contributes a large part of this maturity is the variety of cask used for aging: former red wine, Bourbon and Islay malt whisky casks are used.
The result is a fascinating spirit, which opens with notes of youthful malt, before luscious honey, melon, apple, peach, red fruit, cinnamon, caramel and the faintest hint of peat smoke join the fray. Despite the age (or lack thereof) there is no alcohol burn here at all.
Bottled at 46% ABV, and without either chill filtration or artificial colouration, this is a naturally delicious malt spirit.
A really impressive bottling that bodes well for the future of this young distillery.