02.02.18 | The land of Milk and Honey and… Whisky? | Golan Heights Israeli Single Malt Whisky Cask #10

World of Whiskies

Israel, the land of Milk and Honey and…. Whisky?

You read that correctly, don’t look now but Israel has joined the growing world of single malt whiskeys outside of Scotland with now three distilleries operating out of the country: Milk and Honey, Golan Heights, and Pelter. Today I am sharing with you Golan Heights’ second single malt release – Cask #10. Golan Heights was founded in 2014 by David Zibell, a Canadian expat that saw the resource potential in the Golan Heights region to chase his dream of distilling.

This second release was aged in charred American oak that previously held David’s Golani Black (two-grain whisky), so basically a first fill ex-bourbon cask. Before getting into the tasting notes I want to point out the label. The depth of info is incredible. Distilled in 01/2015 using Concerto barley that had a 60-hour fermentation then double distilled using copper pot stills and worm tub condensers, the Casks experienced 19% Angel’s share bottled at cask strength of 62.1% on 01/2018. I love this… David is not hiding one bit about the whisky inside the bottle and I think that is something that should definitely be applauded.

The whisky is a lovely caramel color that shows just how the sweltering days and cool nights increases the interaction with the barrel. The nose is a wood shop of freshly cut lumber, caramel nut brittle, and slight perfumey funk. The first taste hit me with a wave of dry heat of cinnamon and red pepper flakes. After that subsided I found sweet marzipan, oak, and pistachios. Very oily and earthy – lots of spice. The finish was hard caramel candies and wood shavings, lingering sugar cane and sandalwood perfume takes it home!

This was such a lively whisky in the glass that just exudes fun and excitement! It tastes very much of the land with lots of natural earthen flavors. Water brought more fruit – apples and pears – which I found very lovely to tame the assertive wood notes. I feel that cask types that can introduce red fruit notes will take this thing to the freaking moon. This is only David’s second release and he is putting the world on notice for the future of Israeli Single Malts.


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