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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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  • Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:23

    What's new Pussycat?

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    Well I have finally completed my website "upgrade" and if you are reading this then it has gone live.  So what's new?  Well as I mentioned in an earlier blog I removed all "scores" from my whisky reviews.  I won't repeat my reasons here but if you are interested you can read it at http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/379-whisky-in-the-wild-why-i-won’t-be-scoring-whiskies-anymore.

    I made three other changes.  First I added a Whisky Timeline which is pretty self explanatory but I don't just cover whisky events as I feel to understand the development and history of whisky it is important to see it in context of other events.  I have focussed on the history of UK, Ireland and the USA and their whiskies (apologies to Canada and Japan) but I am sure over time I will be able to build out a global timeline.  I have used several references in building the timeline and from time to time applied some of my own subjectivity, but if you have suggestions, corrections or questions please reach out to me through the Contact Us link and we can discuss.   I still have much to add but wanted to draw a line under it and "go live" so you can expect it to develop further over next few weeks.

    I have also decided to try and review all 101 whiskies from Ian Buxton's latest book "101 World Whiskies to Try Before you Die" and I will track that on the So Many Whiskies web page as well.  I really enjoyed the challenge of finding all 101 from his first book and so I have taken on the next book.  I suspect this will be a lot harder to complete (I guess it will take at least 18 months) and in some cases finding the exact expression from the book may also be difficult but where I have to make a judgement call,  as I am sure I will from time to time, I will be transparant in the review and I may also go to the source itself, Ian Buxton who has been very gracious to me in his communications, and get his "official approval" that I did indeed complete the list.  I am also going to enlist some help from my whisky buddy Jeff, whom I met on WhiskyCast Virtual tastings, and will share our thoughts on these whiskies.

    Finally I added a Tastings tab.  I hope to start running whisky tasting events, maybe a club, in Houston (and who knows where else) going forward and will post pictures and details of these events on this page.  Nothing is firm or scheduled yet but if you are interested please get in touch.

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