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Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

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  • Sunday, 22 March 2020 13:56

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #49

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    Location: Georgia James, Houston, TX

    Date: March 2020

    Price: $11.00 USD (22 x 2)

    Recipe: Menu says "Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, angostura"

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: First "to go" Manhattan under relaxed TX laws due to COVID 19 was great one

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

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    Drambuie

    Supposedly invented by Bonnie Prince Charlie while hiding from the Redcoats (ie English) on the Isle of Skye.  Quite frankly the story smacks of marketing department babble, all they needed to work into the story was a scottish terrier and some shortbread to make it perfect.  If this was an improvement on the scotch he was being given to drink then it must have been pretty rotten stuff and I am not sure he was as popular with the locals as legend suggests.  The nose has no real whisky notes, just sweet, citrus and ginger.  It smells like Drambuie.  The taste is cloyingly sweet, a bit like cough syrup as it coats the mouth.  As the sweetness fades some more familiar whisky notes appear along with some spices like ginger and clove.  With a little ice to cut it the texture becomes a little less syrupy and I could detect some oak notes.  Overall I could summarize as chewing a pencil that had been dipped in sugar and cough syrup.

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