Two single malt whiskies distilled in Tel Aviv recently received top scores from Whisky Advocate, one of the leading whisky magazines in the world.

The Milk & Honey Distillery’s M&H Classic and M&H Elements Sherry Cask single malts received a score of 91 and 90, respectively. The former also was picked as an Editor’s Choice.

The Milk & Honey Distillery’s M&H Classic. Photo: courtesy

“This kosher whisky has abundant flavors from both the bourbon and shaved, toasted, and re-charred (STR) casks,” the magazine wrote of M&H Classic.

“Golden syrup, caramel, pastry, vanilla, and marshmallow on the nose with floral top notes, hints of dried apple, and bold nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper. A firm, juicy-sweet palate with caramel, vanilla, shortbread, honey, orange, nectarine, pepper, nougat, and almond. The finish is short, sweet, and lightly spiced.”

As for the M&H Elements Sherry Cask, the magazine noted that “Using kosher-certified oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this Tel Avivian whisky evokes dried strawberry, plum pudding, and black cherry aromas, with strong peppercorn notes and a dusting of cocoa powder.”

The Milk & Honey Distillery’s M&H Elements Sherry Cask. Photo: courtesy

“With early red fruits and black cherry, this glides through milky coffee and chocolate pudding, buffeted by growing spices and a rasp of oak char, before a pleasant finish of baking chocolate and bourbon biscuits,” it added.

Established in the south of Tel Aviv in 2014, Milk & Honey was the first single malt whisky distillery in Israel. It offers a range of whiskies and gins that can be either purchased or enjoyed on-site in its visitor center’s tours and events.

“This is huge news, especially from a tough reviewer like Jonny McCormick. It’s a great honor for us,” the distillery said following the publication.