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Russell's Reserve Rye 10 year old

I liked the 6 year version and so have been looking forward to trying the 10 year old / 45% ABV expression but to be honest, while still good, I don’t the extra 4 years in cask did anything for this one. Sometimes older does not equal better, sometimes older just means different.  My notes for the nose were “sugar coated sawdust and rose petals” which sums it up very well. The taste at first was very smooth with a delicious burst of sweet caramel popcorn but then started to turn into diet cola and with time oak, showing the signs of 10 years in cask. The finish had some nice rye notes of peppermint but again the age started show with tannins and spices pushing through. Some water revealed some more milk chocolate and chilli notes but some of the sweetness I liked was lost.

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  • Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:01

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #4

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    Location: Manhattan Grill, Hyatt Regency, Dubai

    Date: December 2015

    Price: 65 Dirhams ($17.70)

    Recipe: Makers Mark, Carpono Rosso, bourbon infused cherry

    Garnish: Menu said cherry but it came with lemon peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Most expensive to date but good.  Balanced and not too sweet.  No mention of bitters in menu. 

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

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