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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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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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