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Miyagiko Single Malt

I purchased this "no age statement", 45% ABV expression during a brief stay in Tokyo in July 2016.  The nose is very rich and sweet with barley sugar, oak and some notes of lemon marmalade on warm buttered toast.   The taste is smooth with lemon peel, vanilla, and milk chocolate, but not as sweet as the nose suggests, and then builds into quite a long and spicy finish with peppermint and even a hint of some grainy younger spirit.  With some water the taste gets sweeter with ripe banana but for me the finish gets a little hotter.  I think it also has a slightly better mouthfeel with the water but prefer the taste neat. 

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  • Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:25

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #27

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    Location: T-Lounge, Sheraton Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Date: November 2016

    Price: $29 Reals ($8.57 USD)

    Recipe: Mased with Jim Bean White and Punt E Mes Vermouth

    Garnish: Two maraschino cherries

    Served: At room temperature... (?)

    Comments: Maybe the worst hotel lobby bar Manhattan I have tried.  If I have to say something nice; at least it was cheap!

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

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