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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, 02 November 2015 11:38

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #2

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    Location: JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai, Reflections Bar

    Date: November 2015

    Price: $11.49 (753 Rupee)

    Recipe: Not observed but bar tender told me used Canadian Club

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Nice and cold on the larger side.  Use of Canadian Club meant it was less sweet than one made with bourbon.  Good one.   

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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