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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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  • Monday, 23 July 2018 17:50

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #42

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    Location: Black Hat Whiskey Room, Terminal E, Houston Intercontintal Airport

    Date: July 2018

    Price: 2220 United Airmiles (or $14.00 USD)

    Recipe: Same online system as #41 but this time with Knob Creek and I paid with United Airmiles.... cool.

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  Same as experiment #41, overall good but lacked bitters

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

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