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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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  • Monday, 18 April 2016 22:03

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #12

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    Location: Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 21 SGD ($15.50 USD)

    Recipe: No recipe

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Dry, not too sweet and a little on the small side.

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

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    Red Handed Bourbon

    Another of the increasingly hard to keep track of Texas “band wagon” whiskies. This once claims to be “double barreled and bottled in Austin”. I admit that is slightly better than just sticking the word “Texas” on label as many do, and these guys do distill other spirits and plan to produce their own bourbon, but compared to Dan Garrison, Chip Balcones or the boys at Ranger Creek this as about as close to Texas whiskey as the 2014 Houston Astros are to being a major league baseball dynasty. The nose is quite dry, even winey, to the point of woody. Definitely get sense this nose is all about the wood rather than the spirit. With time I did get a little sweetcorn in the nose as well. The taste is smooth and quite light, vanilla, butter, milk chocolate and then some spice builds into a dry finish along white pepper and rye. This one misses the mark for me, but perhaps they will do better when they make their own juice.