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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, 28 March 2013 01:16

    Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner....

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    It goes without saying I had a great time at WhiskyLive London last week.  Highlights for me included meeting fellow bloggers Dave Worthington and Kat Pressly (aka Whisky Discovery), trying Glenlivet new make with Ian Logan, a quick chat with Richard Patterson of Whyte and MacKay and a Kavalan Masterclass with distiller Ian Chang.  There were of course some very good whiskies (and a few rums) being poured as well and some of my favorites of the day are listed below.  I somehow managed to miss fellow Texan Chip Tate of Balcones, a man much in demand right now, but I am sure we will meet soon.  I also visited The London Distillery Company and had a chance to catch up with Darren Rook and taste some of their new Dodd's gin before the show... more on that in a later blog.  All in all, not a bad way to spend a snowy Saturday in March.

    Grant's 25 year old http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/546-grants-25-year-old

    The Glenlivet New Make http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/548-the-glenlivet-new-make

    Penderyn Portwood http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/549-penderyn-portwood

    Kavalan Solist http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/551-kavalan-solist

    Dalmore Millenium http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/553-dalmore-millenium

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