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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

This was unexpectedly declared the “best whiskey in the world” in 2015 by Jim Murray and due to resulting “online hub-bub” (or as I call it OHB) I chose to stay away at that time and revisit this controversial whisky at a later date. I am glad I did because of the excellent price point it is really very good value. Made from a 90% rye mash bill the nose has lemon pledge, coffee, vanilla, toffee and even some floral notes. The taste is smooth and creamy, lots of the notes from nose with Wherther’s Original candy and milk chocolate. The finish has peppermint, some grassy herbal notes and a little oak.  The buttery creamy mouthfeel reminded me of The Macallan. Is it very good but I can’t say if it was the best in the world that year because I did not try them all.

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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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    Forty Creek Barrel Select

    Wow!  $20 a bottle for this.   This stuff is amazing value and simply a terrific whisky.  The fact you can't get this in the UK is an international crime Interpol should investigate.  Comes in at 40% ABV with a soft, light nose that hints at the oak to come.  The taste is smooth but does have some pepper heat that fades away to reveal amazing caramel, toffee and bitter dark chocolate.  Slightly drying, stringent finish with the final lingering finish of bitter and toasted oak that stays with you like a great melody, until you can't tell if you are still tasting it or just still thinking about it.

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