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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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  • Sunday, 22 May 2016 13:50

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #16

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    Location: Homemade, Singapore

    Date: May 2016

    Price: N/A

    Recipe: Bulleit Rye, Dolin, Luxardo Maraschino, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Up

    Comments: Recreated Reserve 101 "classic" recipe with Bulleit rye, great balance.

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

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