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Mortlach 12 year old

The nose on 43.4% expression is very floral with some wheaty breakfast biscuits and spicy notes.  The taste is very smooth with baked spiced apples (maybe even slightly burnt) caramel and honey.  The finish has some slow building heat along with some Bovril (salty / meaty) notes.  Reminded me of good Texas barbeque brisket with strong spice bark.  Overall a ittle too much burnt, salty and bitter notes with not enough sweetness to balance it for me. 

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  • Monday, 24 April 2017 12:14

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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    Location: Emirates Lounge, Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

    Date: April 2017

    Price: Free ($0.00 USD)

    Recipe: 2 x Jack Daniels, 1 x Martini Rosso and Angosturo Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Unable to find a Manhattan on my Jo'burg hotel cocktail menu I improvised one for myself at airport lounge.

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