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Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

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  • Monday, 24 April 2017 12:14

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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    Location: Emirates Lounge, Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

    Date: April 2017

    Price: Free ($0.00 USD)

    Recipe: 2 x Jack Daniels, 1 x Martini Rosso and Angosturo Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Unable to find a Manhattan on my Jo'burg hotel cocktail menu I improvised one for myself at airport lounge.

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

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    Very Old Barton

    I first tried this when I toured the Barton 1792 distillery and was very impressed.  I was even more impressed when I saw it retailed for under $15 a bottle.  I think the name needs a little work however ... Very Old in this case means aged for 6 years.  Still in bourbon years that is not young, but it's not very old either.  The nose shows some signs of age, a little vanilla and corn but not big or bold.  However the tell tale acetone note of young whisky not present so sometimes it is what you don't smell that is interesting. The taste is also integrated and sweet with caramel and some fruit and molasses (almost rum like).  The finish has a nice bite of oak spice and rye to balance the sweet, by no means a grand finale, more of a fond farewell.  I like it, it has some imperfections, but that just adds to the charm.  Perhaps a more appropriate name might be Very Good Barton.