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Russell's Reserve Rye 10 year old

I liked the 6 year version and so have been looking forward to trying the 10 year old / 45% ABV expression but to be honest, while still good, I don’t the extra 4 years in cask did anything for this one. Sometimes older does not equal better, sometimes older just means different.  My notes for the nose were “sugar coated sawdust and rose petals” which sums it up very well. The taste at first was very smooth with a delicious burst of sweet caramel popcorn but then started to turn into diet cola and with time oak, showing the signs of 10 years in cask. The finish had some nice rye notes of peppermint but again the age started show with tannins and spices pushing through. Some water revealed some more milk chocolate and chilli notes but some of the sweetness I liked was lost.

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  • Monday, 03 July 2017 12:48

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #33

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    Location: Quinto la Huella, EAST Hotel, Miami, USA

    Date: June 2017

    Price: $19.05 (Listed at $15.00 then came tax, service charge etc)

    Recipe: Did not see but they asked which Bourbon.... I chose Makers Mark

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Did not stand out for such an expensive version.  Maybe not the best choice of bourbon for a Manhattan (no rye content).

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

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    Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 year old

    Nose is soft (another review called it restrained which is a great descriptor) and at 45% ABV the alcohol can be detected as well as classic bourbon notes like vanilla and bubble gum.  Taste is smooth at first, quite a light mouth feel, with coffee, vanilla and a flash of corn syrup sweetness.  The finish builds with oak notes, black pepper and ends quite spicy.  I dont find the the sweet and spice quite in balance (for my palate).  Its good, clearly very well made bourbon that some people are going to love, but I would like the sweetness up to balance the spicy finish.  With a little water it does get a bit sweeter and I get some of the candy corn, caramel and even milk chocolate notes I associate with bourbons and ryes.