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Elijah Craig Small Batch

This "no age statement" expression replaced the 12 year old Elijah Craig in 2016.  The nose has vanilla, popcorn and toasted oak.  Oily and peppery on palate, a little honey but not as sweet as nose suggests. Not as balanced as I would like but a little water helped and brought up some caramel sweetness and apple tartness.

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  • Thursday, 28 July 2016 19:20

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #20

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    Location: Zatta Bar, Hilton Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

    Date: July 2016

    Price: Ummm.... forgot to check

    Recipe: Glenlivet 12 year old, Vermouth, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: When is a Manhattan not a Manhattan?  When it is a Rob Roy ie made with Scotch... oh well

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

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