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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, 09 May 2016 08:24

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #14

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    Location: Reserve 101, Houston, Texas

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 8 USD

    Recipe: Dolin Vermouth, Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: One of my favorites (love the maraschino) and great value.  Must try with rye....

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

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