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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

This was unexpectedly declared the “best whiskey in the world” in 2015 by Jim Murray and due to resulting “online hub-bub” (or as I call it OHB) I chose to stay away at that time and revisit this controversial whisky at a later date. I am glad I did because of the excellent price point it is really very good value. Made from a 90% rye mash bill the nose has lemon pledge, coffee, vanilla, toffee and even some floral notes. The taste is smooth and creamy, lots of the notes from nose with Wherther’s Original candy and milk chocolate. The finish has peppermint, some grassy herbal notes and a little oak.  The buttery creamy mouthfeel reminded me of The Macallan. Is it very good but I can’t say if it was the best in the world that year because I did not try them all.

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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Friday, 13 May 2016 05:58

    Manhatten Project: Experiment #15

    Location: Lawry's Prime Rib, Singapore

    Date: May 2016

    Price: $ 15 SGD ($10.92 USD)

    Recipe: Canadian Club, Sweet and Dry Vermouth (no bitters?)

    Garnish: Orange peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good value (for Singapore) and my first "perfect Manhattan" experiment

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

    Thursday, 12 May 2016 04:07

    Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

    I always try to keep Bowmore, especially the 15 year old Darkest, close at hand.  It is one of my go to whiskies and my visit there (http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/13-bowmore-islay-scotland) ranks as one of my top visitor experiences as well.  This is not cheap... but I have to say it is probably worth every penny, and thanks to the always well stocked bar at Reserve 101 in Houston I got to try a dram of this 53.9% ABV expression.  The nose is peaty with some citrus and classic islay medicinal notes as well.  The taste is dry, spicy and creamy with milk chocolate maltesers and rich dried fruit notes.  Lots of sherry and creaminess made me think of something like a Bailey's liqueur but made with Sherry.  Peppery long finish.  My notes contained the phrase  "mind blowing"..... pretty much says it all.

    Monday, 09 May 2016 08:24

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #14

    Location: Reserve 101, Houston, Texas

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 8 USD

    Recipe: Dolin Vermouth, Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: One of my favorites (love the maraschino) and great value.  Must try with rye....

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

    Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:55

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #13

    Location: Oak Room, Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Canada

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 18 CAD ($14.19 USD)

    Recipe: Carprano Antica Vermouth, Knob Creek, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Nice and sweet with Bourbon but still balanced due to heavy dash of bitters.

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

    This 41% ABV expression has a peat dominated nose with some cirtus and malt notes as well.  Complex and even a little nutty.  The taste is sweet and light with toffee, pepper, milk chocolate, smoked ripe bananas, perfumed heather and some more peat.  The spice and smoke work well together in the finish along with some lemon peel.

    Monday, 25 April 2016 20:24

    Vom Fass Brothers in Arms

    This expression is a 14 year old Irish single malt bottled at 43% ABV.  The nose has lemon and lime notes with some vanilla as well.  The taste has a light fruitiness and more vanilla.  I wrote down "a slice of creamy Key Lime pie before the spice starts to kick in for the finish".  Some dry Sherry Oloroso / Fino notes in the short finish as well.  Complex and rather good (but I do have a bias for Irish) and teh finish suggets this has seen a sherry butt (which I also tend to like).

    Monday, 25 April 2016 20:18

    Vom Fass Tormore 19 year old

    There is a whole family of "T" single malts that have largely failed to stand out from the crowd for me including Tomatin, Tomintoul, Tamdhu and Tormore.  There is nothing wrong with any of the one sthat I have tried and this 41% ABV Vom Fass bottling Tormore was also fine, even one of the better ones, but it failed to change my overall perception of the T's.  The nose is fruity with apricots, sweet cakes and sweet jams.  Reminded me of a french bakery.  The taste is sweet and malty with some oak notes like vanilla.  Overall well intetegrated and balanced.  Finish is sweet and also has some oak notes.  As I said nothing really outstanding (positive or negative) just another really rich, sweet (and good) "T something" single malt.

    Monday, 25 April 2016 20:09

    Cyril's Singlewood

    This is a 43% ABV New Zealand single malt, made at the non-operating Dunedin Distillery and matured for 20 years in American oak.  The nose has sweet toffee and tart green apples with some barley sugar.  The taste is both sweet and oaky, vanilla and other signs of the 20 years spent in oak come through.  The finish is peppery and dry.

    Monday, 18 April 2016 22:03

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #12

    Location: Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 21 SGD ($15.50 USD)

    Recipe: No recipe

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Dry, not too sweet and a little on the small side.

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

    Monday, 11 April 2016 10:47

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #11

    Location: Homemade, Singapore

    Date: April 2016

    Price: Free

    Recipe: 2 parts Maker's Mark, 1 part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 1 part Antica Sweet Vermouth, dash bitters

    Garnish: With the maraschino liqueur in recipe no need for cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I totally stole this recipe from Reserve 101 and it now my "go to" homemade recipe.  A little sweet, need to try with rye.

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

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    Highland Park Dark Origins

    This expression is bottled at 46.8% ABV and made from “double” first fill Sherry Casks which I understand to mean some American oak and some European oak. I have a “bit of a thing” for smoke and sherry so when I saw this at WhiskyLive! Singapore I purchased a bottle. The nose packs a punch with dried fruits, dates, plums and some woody notes, charred oak as well. I suspect some of the color of this “dark” whisky was driven by selection of heavily charred casks. A little alcohol and spice give the nose some heat as well. The taste is rich, spicy, even sharp, with some peat notes, salt, cayenne pepper, orange peel and bitter baker’s chocolate. Water helps to tone down the spice and bring out more sweet milk chocolate and berries. The finish is sweet and spicy and some smoke lingers a little while too. This a good whisky by most standards but Highland Park has really high standards and this falls a little short for me with the occasional harsh note suggesting some of the whisky in this "no age statement" expression was not quite ready for primetime.