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Russell's Reserve Rye 10 year old

I liked the 6 year version and so have been looking forward to trying the 10 year old / 45% ABV expression but to be honest, while still good, I don’t the extra 4 years in cask did anything for this one. Sometimes older does not equal better, sometimes older just means different.  My notes for the nose were “sugar coated sawdust and rose petals” which sums it up very well. The taste at first was very smooth with a delicious burst of sweet caramel popcorn but then started to turn into diet cola and with time oak, showing the signs of 10 years in cask. The finish had some nice rye notes of peppermint but again the age started show with tannins and spices pushing through. Some water revealed some more milk chocolate and chilli notes but some of the sweetness I liked was lost.

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  • Monday, 23 July 2018 17:56

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #43

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    Location: Bottled barrel-aged Manhattan at 34% ABV

    Date: July 2018

    Price: Approx. $40.00 USD a bottle (or +/- $5 a 3 oz measure)

    Recipe: Described as Manhattan but a little reseach indicates it is a "Perfect" recipe with both dry and sweet vermouth

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments:  Acceptable and at a good price point but I am not a fan of perfect Manhattans and usually prefer the sweeter versions.

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

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