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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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  • Saturday, 17 December 2011 00:51

    Another Lost Whisky Rediscovered in 2011

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    Looking back, one of my favorite whisky memories of 2011 was the amazing find of a whisky many thought was lost to the world.   I am not talking about the Shackleton stuff found in Antarctica, but the much more elusive and rare Hennigan's Scotch Whisky.  Made famous by the Seinfeld TV show in the 1990's and then believed to be lost in a cupboard under the sink for over 15 years, Hennigan's was rediscovered in October 2011 by www.scotchcinema.com.  I thought I would end 2011by reviewing this very unusual and hard to find scotch and in many ways I feel this should be the whisky of the year.
    I often write tasting notes with my wife, but this time I had some help from my friends Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.    The nose is very soft and muted, in fact according to Jerry "I can't smell anything".    However the taste is appealing, as Kramer described it best; "that is damn good stuff" and the finish, well again Kramer put it much better than I can, "mmm boy, that Hennigan's goes down smooth".  Overall impression is best summed up by Elaine as "I'll tell you, it's not bad".  However Hennigan's is definitely not for everyone, unfortunately George "threw up from the Hennigan's" so I am afraid, due the lack of nose and the unfortunate throwing up aspect, I can only give it 1 star.   http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/157-hennigans

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