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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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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Monday, 23 November 2020 12:06

    Manhattan Experiment: #57

    Location: Del Frisco's Grille, The Woodlands, Texas 

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $15.00

    Recipe: Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco, Maple Syrup, Spiced Cherry Bitters 

    Garnish: Peel and cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Soem unique ingredients and overall pretty good, enjoyed the sweetness

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

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:10

    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.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:01

    Glenmorangie Tale of Cake

    This Glenmornagie 40% abv expression is finished in Hungarian wine casks and certainly lives up to name.  The nose has lots of fresh baked goods, matly, nutty with some vanilla.  A french bakery with a freshly polished floor.  The taste is sweet and a little tart, custard creme cookies, lemon squares and citrus oils.  The finish gets woody, peppers and spices and some more citrus oil.  With a little water it gets a little sharper and less sweet.

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:37

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #57

    Location: Islamorada, Florida, USA

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $6.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sherry, Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Manhattan in a can.... made with Sherry?  Seemed to work however and a good price.

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

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:21

    Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 year old

    Bravo!  Bra - Fucking - Vo!

    Finally someone North of Hadrian's Wall has decided to "grow a pair" and just be honest and transparent about selling a young whisky.  Usual marketing tactic is to put no age statement, create a weak back story and slap on an unpronounceable Gaelic name for the younger stuff.  I am extra delighted that it is a distillery I happen like a lot.    In fact I am a little reluctant to post the review  because it is not my favorite Ardbeg... and I really don't want to say anything negative.  The nose is smoky bbq with orange peel and even floral notes.  The taste is creamy at first with barley sugar, black tea and more bitter, slightly burnt, orange peel.  The finish is peppery, smoky with more strong tea tannins and yes there are some grainy (ie young) spirit notes.  Not super complex but balanced, flavorful and pretty punchy.  Lives up to the name.

    Monday, 28 September 2020 15:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #56

    Location: Katz's, Houston, Texas 

    Date: September 2020

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters 

    Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: On the larger side which as it was served "up" in a tumbler warmed a little too quickly

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

    Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:45

    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.

    Wednesday, 12 August 2020 22:52

    Grangestone Bourbon Cask Finish

    This is the second whisky in this range I have tried.   Like the others it is a 40% ABV, NAS, private label bottling for Total Wines with little clue to it's origin other than Scotland.... there is no Grangestone distillery (although the rate at which distilleries open now it is not impossible that I could be wrong about that).  Vanilla hits you immediately in the nose, along with sweet caramel and ripe bananas.  The taste has more banana, butterscotch and some pepper.  The finish get slightly bitter and oaky.  Not spectacular, but a solid "bourbon" cask expression.

    Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:28

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #55

    Location: Ristorante del Lago, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Padua Manhattan which according to menu is ... Michters Rye, Green Chartreuse, Aperol, Orange Bitters

    Garnish: Lemon Peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good cocktail, but not a Manhattan

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

    Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:31

    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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