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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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  • Monday, 31 March 2014 20:38

    114 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Part 3: Return of the Whiskey Jedi

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    As I mentioned in the first installment of this blog entry “114 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Part 1: A New List” I found thirteen changes between Edition 1 and Edition 2 of Ian Buxton’s’ fine work. In Episode 2 I discussed those that were obliterated like Alderaan by Ian’s death star.   In this entry we shall take a look at the new characters, the Jar Jar Binks if you like.

    I was very happy that just six whiskies stood between me and the "monumental" claim to have tasted and reviewed not only all 101 from Edition 1 but also all 101 in Edition 2. Those six were whiskies Cutty Sark 18 year old, Glenglassaugh Evolution, Kavalan Concertmaster, Lord Elcho 15 year old, Naked Grouse and The Tweeddale 12 year old. The links to my tasting notes are posted below.

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/671-cutty-sark-18-year-old

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/669-glenglassaugh-evolution

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/667-kavalan-concertmaster-port-cask-finish

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/670-lord-elcho-15-year-old

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/661-naked-grouse

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/668-the-tweeddale-blend-12-year-old

     

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