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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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  • 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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