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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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  • Monday, 23 July 2018 17:45

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #41

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    Location: Texas Barbeque Q Smokehouse, Terminal E,Houston Intercontinental Airport

    Date: July 2018

    Price: $15.00 USD

    Recipe: Makers Mark, sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angosturo bitters

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  Cool online ordering system and a good Manhattn, lacked some bitters for me.

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

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