M&H DISTILLERY, ELEMENTS SERIES 'RED WINE CASK' SINGLE MALT WHISKY
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
In recent years, we're seeing more and more single malts finished in wine casks, and as they say on Twitter: we are so here for it. Not that we're out front in our regard; we've simply joined a growing and increasingly clamorous chorus of fans. Novelty is not always synonymous with gimmickry, and as connoisseurs and collectors have discovered, aging a single malt in a wine cask imbues the spirit with even greater depth and complexity.
Among the best we've had the privilege of sampling is this beaut from M&H, part of their highly-acclaimed Elements Series.
Last year, the company claimed three massive pieces of hardware — a Grand Gold at the International Wine, Beer and Spirits Competition in Frankfurt; a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition; and a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge. Meanwhile, every release sells out, and fans around the world are left to search the web for any bottles that might come onto the secondary market. Four years ago, Forbes forecast a bright future for the company: "expect big things from Milk & Honey." If anything, that prediction did not go far enough. In an astonishingly brief span of time, M&H has turned itself into a major global player.
Earlier this year, we brought you a small batch expression from their highly-touted Apex Series, and it sold out quickly. That one was, likewise, matured in ex-bourbon casks and fortified red wine casks. Here, the technique has resulted in a dram that is even more subtle and refined. The Head Distiller, Tomer Goren, has employed four types of wood: ex-bourbon casks, red wine casks, STR casks, and virgin oak casks. Goren is a stickler for preserving the cask character of a single malt, and for that reason this was non-chill filtered, with no color added. The bottle lists no age statement, but we can tell you that it was aged for a minimum of three years, and bottled at 92 proof.
We love its oaky depth and resonance, and the way it manages to coat the mouth without also weighing you down. On the nose, there is a wonderful brininess that is soon answered by wafts of dark chocolate, nuts, and raisins. In the glass, that impression of savoriness intensifies, and you are in the company of truffles, tea, vanilla, floral blossoms, raisins, and resin, with a light and pleasing undercurrent of minerality.
As a final enticement, I will just add that most single malts of this quality are going for $150 and more; in some instances, much more. Being relatively new to the field, M&H has yet to price its spirits in line with its degree of excellence and craft, which means we're able to offer this exceptional single malt for less than $60 a bottle!
We hope you take full advantage of this remarkable deal, which we can extend to our Concierge Family for the next week only. Hurry!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NC, NY, TN, VA, WA, and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, June 2, 2022.