Take true passion for single malt whisky, add the boldness and cutting-edge innovation that the Israeli startup ecosystem is famous for, mix it with no-compromising commitment to craftmanship and tradition, and you get M&H, Israel’s first whisky distillery.
Founded in 2012, under the expert guidance of the late Dr. Jim Swan, the passionate and dedicated team of the M&H distillery has boldly crafted single malt spirits, matured by the hot and humid climate of vibrant Tel Aviv.
The casks that the M&H distillery use to mature their spirit ensure a wide and exceptional spectrum of flavors.
The core range are ex-bourbon casks along with red wine STR casks. The M&H team are always on the lookout for unique barrels such as pomegranate wine, red wine casks from selected wineries in Israel, kosher sherry, 400 liters French Limousin oak casks that were used to mature Kosher Cognac, rum, etc.
This special edition of our Whisky in Bloom has characteristics that will reflect our future classic single malt whisky.
A unique double cask bottling: ex-red wine (STR) and ex-bourbon, aged for only 24 months. Surprisingly well-balanced and smooth, with dominant notes of vanilla and oak.
Aroma: A delicate smell of vanilla together with sweetness followed by delicate citrus fruits
Palate: Medium body, sweet flavors of vanilla and honey predominate at first, accompanied by sweet flavors of dried fruit.
Finish: Long. A warming oaky note lingers in the mouth for a while, together with black pepper flavors.
88 points by The Whisky Advocate
Lightly Peated – Triple Cask
This is a special single malt blend of three cask types: ex-bourbon, ex-red wine (STR) and ex-Islay casks previously used to mature peated whisky from Islay in Scotland.
The ex-Islay casks provide an additional layer of light peatiness and maritime aroma.
Each of the different casks contributes a complexity to the spirit, balancing and refining the different flavors for an intricate, lightly peated Whisky in Bloom.
Aroma: A delicate peatiness together with a malty sweetness, oak, followed by a touch of sweetness of butter & honey.
Palate: Light-bodied, notes of peaty smoke predominate at first, accompanied by the sweet taste of dried fruit and honey.
Finish: Long. The peaty note lingers in the mouth for a while, together with light oaky flavors.
90 points by The Whisky Advocate
Classic Single Malt
The first commercial Single Malt Whisky by M&H
Classic single malt whisky is made using the finest ex-bourbon casks and our special red-wine STR casks, giving it a light and balanced character.
Matured under the Tel Avivi’n sun.
Aroma: Gentle vanilla sweetness followed by light oak and floral notes.
Palate: Light body, vanilla, caramel and honey sweetness, balanced by woody notes and light black pepper spiciness.
Finish: Short but delicate. The oak notes linger in the palate for a while with a nice light spiciness.
Gin starts the same as M&H single malt series – 100% pure malted barley that’s mashed in-house and distilled in the pot still. Then a heap of Juniper is added and botanicals, hand-sourced from Tel Aviv’s Levinsky market: origanum syriacum, lemon peel, orange, chamomile, verbena, cinnamon, and black pepper. Then the botanicals let rest in the still for 48 hours and then distill for the third time in M&H 250L pot still, for extra smoothness.
Aroma: Delicate notes of juniper berries, lemon and origanum syriacum.
Palate: Delicate botanical tastes, with juniper and lemon being the dominant notes.
Finish: Medium-bodied, a little oily. Long, lemony finish.
M&H Elements Sherry
M&H Elements Sherry is the first ever single malt whisky that was matured in Kosher sherry casks, seasoned exclusively for our distillery – straight from Jerez. Bourbon, Oloroso and PX sherry casks characterized its fruity flavors, rich aromas, with a special deep and natural color. Matured under the Tel Aviv sun.
Aroma: Dominant rich red fruit notes, covered by gentle oak, caramel scent and lemon freshness.
Palate: Medium bodied. Light fruity sherry sweetness, rich fruits and dark chocolate, followed by gentle oaky notes.
Finish: Long. The dark chocolate notes linger in the palate for a while, followed by tobacco and oak notes.