logo

My Handcrafted Opinions on Whiskies, Distilleries and Other Related Stuff

Most Recent Whisky

Most Recent Whisky Review

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.

Read More
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2016 09:35

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #6

    Written by

    Location: Cru, Queenstown Hilton, New Zealand

    Date: December 2015

    Price: $22 NZD (15 USD)

    Recipe: No recipe, bartender told me he used Sazarac rye

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Mixed for me upon request, not on cocktail menu.  Good but great which was a small surprise as I really like Sazarac rye.  

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

    Leave a comment

    Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

    Whiskies Tried...

    Total to Date: 670

    Distilleries

    Visited to Date: 59

    Follow Me on Twitter!

    Random Whisky

    Forty Creek Port Wood Reserve

    Perhaps my favorite whisky (so far) from my favorite Canadian distillery.  This special edition comes at 45% and won an award or two in 2013.  The nose is port led, fruity and sweet.  The taste has lots going on with tawny port, ripe banana, dried fruit, cocoa, vanilla and perhaps toasted oak.  The finish finally sees some cinnamon spice push past the sweet and complex palate.  For me, at some point, we cross a line from a port finished whisky to a port flavored whisky and if this one does not cross the line it certainly gets right up close to it.  I happen to love port influenced whiskies so it bother me not, but I could understand someone telling me it was too much with this one.