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Simon Seaton

Simon Seaton

Monday, 09 May 2016 08:24

Manhattan Project: Experiment #14

Location: Reserve 101, Houston, Texas

Date: April 2016

Price: $ 8 USD

Recipe: Dolin Vermouth, Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Cherry

Served: Rocks

Comments: One of my favorites (love the maraschino) and great value.  Must try with rye....

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

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:55

Manhattan Project: Experiment #13

Location: Oak Room, Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Canada

Date: April 2016

Price: $ 18 CAD ($14.19 USD)

Recipe: Carprano Antica Vermouth, Knob Creek, Angostura Bitters

Garnish: Black cherry

Served: Up

Comments: Nice and sweet with Bourbon but still balanced due to heavy dash of bitters.

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

This 41% ABV expression has a peat dominated nose with some cirtus and malt notes as well.  Complex and even a little nutty.  The taste is sweet and light with toffee, pepper, milk chocolate, smoked ripe bananas, perfumed heather and some more peat.  The spice and smoke work well together in the finish along with some lemon peel.

Monday, 25 April 2016 20:24

Vom Fass Brothers in Arms

This expression is a 14 year old Irish single malt bottled at 43% ABV.  The nose has lemon and lime notes with some vanilla as well.  The taste has a light fruitiness and more vanilla.  I wrote down "a slice of creamy Key Lime pie before the spice starts to kick in for the finish".  Some dry Sherry Oloroso / Fino notes in the short finish as well.  Complex and rather good (but I do have a bias for Irish) and teh finish suggets this has seen a sherry butt (which I also tend to like).

Monday, 25 April 2016 20:18

Vom Fass Tormore 19 year old

There is a whole family of "T" single malts that have largely failed to stand out from the crowd for me including Tomatin, Tomintoul, Tamdhu and Tormore.  There is nothing wrong with any of the one sthat I have tried and this 41% ABV Vom Fass bottling Tormore was also fine, even one of the better ones, but it failed to change my overall perception of the T's.  The nose is fruity with apricots, sweet cakes and sweet jams.  Reminded me of a french bakery.  The taste is sweet and malty with some oak notes like vanilla.  Overall well intetegrated and balanced.  Finish is sweet and also has some oak notes.  As I said nothing really outstanding (positive or negative) just another really rich, sweet (and good) "T something" single malt.

Monday, 25 April 2016 20:09

Cyril's Singlewood

This is a 43% ABV New Zealand single malt, made at the non-operating Dunedin Distillery and matured for 20 years in American oak.  The nose has sweet toffee and tart green apples with some barley sugar.  The taste is both sweet and oaky, vanilla and other signs of the 20 years spent in oak come through.  The finish is peppery and dry.

Monday, 18 April 2016 22:03

Manhattan Project: Experiment #12

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

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:47

Manhattan Project: Experiment #11

Location: Homemade, Singapore

Date: April 2016

Price: Free

Recipe: 2 parts Maker's Mark, 1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 1 part Antica Sweet Vermouth, dash bitters

Garnish: With the maraschino liqueur in recipe no need for cherry

Served: Up

Comments: I totally stole this recipe from Reserve 101 and it now my "go to" homemade recipe.  A little sweet, need to try with rye.

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

Monday, 11 April 2016 07:53

Doublewood 15 year old

This 40% ABV expression from the non-operating Dunedin distillery was the second of three whiskies I bought in gift pack called the New Zealand Whisky Collection while on vacation in December 2015.  It was the only one of the three I had heard of as it was the subject of a copyright infrignment claim from The Balvenie who produce a slightly more famous "Doublewood" single malt expression.   The nose has red fruits and even some red wine.  The taste is rich and smooth with milk chocolate, maltesers, red currents, golden syrup and boiled sweets.  Very "desserty", like the sweeter Forty Creek expressions.  The finish is dry with some spicier notes finally pushing through all the sweetness.

Monday, 11 April 2016 07:00

Highland Park Dark Origins

This expression is bottled at 46.8% ABV and made from “double” first fill Sherry Casks which I understand to mean some American oak and some European oak. I have a “bit of a thing” for smoke and sherry so when I saw this at WhiskyLive! Singapore I purchased a bottle. The nose packs a punch with dried fruits, dates, plums and some woody notes, charred oak as well. I suspect some of the color of this “dark” whisky was driven by selection of heavily charred casks. A little alcohol and spice give the nose some heat as well. The taste is rich, spicy, even sharp, with some peat notes, salt, cayenne pepper, orange peel and bitter baker’s chocolate. Water helps to tone down the spice and bring out more sweet milk chocolate and berries. The finish is sweet and spicy and some smoke lingers a little while too. This a good whisky by most standards but Highland Park has really high standards and this falls a little short for me with the occasional harsh note suggesting some of the whisky in this "no age statement" expression was not quite ready for primetime.

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