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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Monday, 23 November 2020 12:06

    Manhattan Experiment: #57

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    Location: Del Frisco's Grille, The Woodlands, Texas 

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $15.00

    Recipe: Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco, Maple Syrup, Spiced Cherry Bitters 

    Garnish: Peel and cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Soem unique ingredients and overall pretty good, enjoyed the sweetness

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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    This expression was being poured at my favorite whisky bar; Reserve 101 in Houston on May 24th 2012 to celebrate Ardbeg's first experiment in space.  As well as pouring this dram they parked a 20 ft Ardbeg rocket pulled by a tow truck outside the bar. These notes were based on quite a small pouring.... I will definately need to go back and try it again.  According the bottle this is less peaty than the standard Ardbeg 10 year old with notes of "vanilla, fudge, cloves and chocolate".   The nose has lots of smoke, salt and seaweed, smoked salmon even, immediately taking me back to Islay.  The taste is sweet with biscuits, vanilla and then some spices, mainly mint and cloves.  The smoke comes back in the very long finish and I did get some of the fudge notes described on the bottle in the finish but more like scottish tablet (a very sugary fudge).