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Elijah Craig Small Batch

This "no age statement" expression replaced the 12 year old Elijah Craig in 2016.  The nose has vanilla, popcorn and toasted oak.  Oily and peppery on palate, a little honey but not as sweet as nose suggests. Not as balanced as I would like but a little water helped and brought up some caramel sweetness and apple tartness.

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  • Sunday, 30 October 2016 15:22

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #26

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    Location: Vintaged, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    Date: October 2016

    Price: $23 AUD ($17.48 USD)

    Recipe: No clues given on menu

    Garnish: Marschino Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Best of the two Manhattan's I had on our Australian vacation.  Classic "hotel bar" taste and garnish.

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

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    Gordon and MacPhail Mortlach 21 year old

    This single malt is at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Black blend, however I will not hold that against Mortlach.  In fact I think it is a great pity we don't see more of this single malt (and less Johnnie Walker Black perhaps?).  This bottle comes from refill sherry casks and there are lots of raisin and grapey notes in the nose.  The nose is actually quite intense but very delicious.  The taste is also rich and mouth coating, more darks fruits and classic Christmas spice notes you would expect from a sherry casked Speyside single malt.  Some leather and tobacco as well in the finish which for me is little too dry and could have used something sweet in the taste to balance out and potentially elevate it from a really good to a great whisky.  Nice after dinner dram.