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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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  • Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:25

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #27

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    Location: T-Lounge, Sheraton Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Date: November 2016

    Price: $29 Reals ($8.57 USD)

    Recipe: Jim Bean White Label and Punt E Mes Vermouth

    Garnish: Two maraschino cherries

    Served: At room temperature... (?)

    Comments: Maybe the worst hotel lobby bar Manhattan I have tried.  If I have to say something nice; at least it was cheap!

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

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