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Maker's Mark Private Select

This was picked by Mike Raymond of Houston's Reserve 101 as their 10th anniversary bottling. As the regular readers (both of them) know by now I love Maker's Mark, I love Houston, I love Reserve101 and I have very strong feelings for Mike.  But for some reason this one did not quite work for me, but give it a try as it might for you.   The nose is oaky with some fruity wine notes as well.  Sopem heat from the 55.65% ABV along with calssic vanilla, corn and cola notes.  The taste is hot and a little sharp at first with some black cherry, dark chocolate, jalepeno, burnt caramel and oak char.  The finish is pepper and even a little sour.  With water it gets creamier with some brown sugar and more vanilla. It definately needs a little water (or ice or time) to open it up.

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  • Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:42

    The Least Worst Musings So Far....

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    I am leaving on a short trip to Kentucky while enjoying a short break from work (and my blog) and planning the next stage of my whisky adventures including starting to host tastings in Houston and adding a Whisky History Timeline to this webpage.  However I thought I would post some links to some of what I think are my better efforts of last year or so until I get back with lots of new whiskey and distillery reviews.

     

    Return of the Dinosaurs?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/71-return-of-the-dinosaurs?

     

    What's the Color of Whisky?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/116-whats-the-color-of-whisky?

     

    A Whisky Bubble May Be Out There

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/127-a-whisky-bubble-maybe-out-there

     

    Whisky Tasting Grades: Are You A Black Belt?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/186-whisky-tasting-grades-are-you-a-black-belt?

     

    Cowboy Whiskey: Gimme a shot of rye

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/255-cowboy-whiskey-gimme-a-shot-of-rye

     

    Deanston and the Power of Suggestion

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/257-deanston-and-the-power-of-suggestion

     

    Location, Location, Location

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/233-just-like-real-estate-sometimes-whisky-is-about-location-location-location

     

     

     

     

     

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    GlenDronach Trump 26 year old Single Cask

    This bottling of GlenDronach is available only at the Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen. The golf course is spectacular but also controversial as not all the locals were happy with the arrival of the iconic Trump and his golf course but unpopular property development is not a suitable subject for a whisky blog. Interestingly that controversy spilled over into the whisky as well when Mr Trump got a little hot under the toupee when one of the same locals who spoke against the development was given a “local hero” award… sponsored by Glenfiddich. Don’t expect to see their products behind the bar in clubhouse anytime soon. This single cask bottling at 53.3% ABV is, like the course, simply stunning. The nose is rich and warm with sherry oak. The taste is the complex and mouth filling sherry-fest you might expect from GlenDronach but sweetened and balanced with milk chocolate and caramel notes. The finish is drying and longer than the 651 yard, par 5 18th hole.   I would rank put the Trump Links in my Top Five Scottish golf courses, and this may also be in my top five single malts.  Sweeter than  a well struck drive.