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Akashi Ume

This Japanese plum flavored whiskey is bottled at 30% ABV.  There is sweet, and then there is "have the number of a good dentist handy" sweet.  This one falls into the second category.  The nose is sweet but also delicately floral.  There are some plum notes are in the taste, more sugarplums than The Nutcracker aand some prunes and jelly babies.  Imagine a whiskey flavored Jelly Bean.  The finish is a thick coating of sugar on the teeth combined with some mint from the toothpaste you will have to keep nearby.

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  • Thursday, 24 May 2012 23:24

    The Kentucky Bourbon Trail... Pt 2

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    On day 2 of my Kentucky Bourbon Trail  I made it to 4 more working distilleries, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace and on day 3, just before I left, I visited a closed one; Sitizel-Weller. Favorites were Woodford Reserve and Four Roses (neither had a bottling hall) but the obligatory chocolate bourbon balls still made frequent apprearances.

    Woodford Reserve:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/328-woodford-reserve-kentucky-usa

    Four Roses:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/329-four-roses-kentucky-usa

    Wild Turkey:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/330-wild-turkey-kentucky-usa

    Buffalo Trace:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/331-buffalo-trace-kentucky-usa

    Sitzel-Weller:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/332-stitzel-weller-kentucky-usa

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