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Akashi Ume

This Japanese plum flavored whiskey is bottled at 30% ABV.  There is sweet, and then there is "have the number of a good dentist handy" sweet.  This one falls into the second category.  The nose is sweet but also delicately floral.  There are some plum notes are in the taste, more sugarplums than The Nutcracker aand some prunes and jelly babies.  Imagine a whiskey flavored Jelly Bean.  The finish is a thick coating of sugar on the teeth combined with some mint from the toothpaste you will have to keep nearby.

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  • Sunday, 15 March 2020 23:38

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #48

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    Location: Oyster Bar, NY, NY

    Date: March 2020

    Price: $14.00 USD

    Recipe: Makers Mark, Sweet Vermouth, Angostora Bitters

    Garnish: 1 orange peel

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Classic components to make excellent Manhattan in Manhattan at reasonable price

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

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