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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:19

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #53

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    Location: The Tavern, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Spencer's Manhattan which according to menu is ... Rye Whiskey, Drambuie, Bitters

    Garnish: 3 cherries

    Served: Up

    Comments: Drambuie in a Manhattan?  No Vermouth? That was a first.  The color strongly suggests that vermouth was in the recipe.

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

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    GlenDronach Allardice 18 year old

    The nose on this expression has orange peel, marmalade and the sherry cask influence is obvious.  The taste is smooth and creamy, with vanilla and other sweet treats like caramel and chocolate, however for me the dry spicy finish kicks in before many of those subtle flavors fully develop.  That is not to say the finish isn't good, it is really good, with an almost mouth puckering array of dry sherry and spice.  It is as if there is almost too much going on, and the finish just overpowers it all a little.  With water it gets even more spicy, dry and delicious.  Does it make sense to say I would drink this one for the finish?  When I visited the distillery in 2009 I tried the 12, 15 and 18 year old and bought the 15 year old.  I recently retasted them all for this web page and would probably choose the 15 again, but if you gave me the 18 year old I promise I wouldn't complain.