Golan Heights Distillery Brewer’s Whisky – BBX Amber Ale

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Bottle still closed until I finish the previous one, tasted at the distillery’s stand at Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2018

This is the 2nd release of Golan Heights Distillery’s distilled beer (or beerskys). The previous one was distilled from a chickpea beer. This one is distilled from a more traditional amber ale style craft beer from the Golan Brewery, located in the same town as the distillery. I really loved the previous release and when I tried this one at Whisky Live Tel Aviv last week it was just as good, if not better (but this is entering the realm of personal taste). Like the last one this was matured in an ex-Golani Black (the distillery’s two-grain whisky matured in charred virgin oak) casks for 2 years and bottled at 50%.

Aged 2 years. 50% ABV. Matured in a Golani Black cask. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.

Nose: Orange sorbet. Dried Mango. Hops. Green herbs. Grapefruit. Light wood and maple syrup.

Palate: Dry. Orange. Raspberry ice cream. Hops. Straw. Wood spice.

Finish: Medium. Aromatic herbs. Caramel candies. Bitter wood and spice like, kind of like in a chilli beer.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5 (₪200/~$57 in local Israeli market).

Like I mentioned earlier this was different from the previous release. I found this to emphasise more fruit notes than spicy ones. But it still had some common factors, mainly the strong presence of hops and light flavour profile, a great dram for the coming hot Summer days.

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