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Kilchoman Sanaig

I am a big fan of sherry cask aged and finished Islay whisky (Bowmore 15 The Darkest is still all time Top 10 for me) and so I was looking forward to this 46% ABV no age statement expression from Islay's youngest distillery (but not for much longer!). The nose is classic "bonfire on the beach" with some cooked fruits as well.  The taste is very sweet with caramel, vanilla toffee, green apples and of course some peat which then goes on to dominate the finish while some tannin Sherry notes also push through drying the mouthfeel.  With water the sweetness turns to brown sugar and the peat turns more smokey; hot and peppery on the palate.  It is good but the sherry feels held  back rather than forward on this one.

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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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