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Highland Park Viking Honour 12 year old

The nose on this is salty and fruity, with some seaweed, a hint of rubber and a prick of alcohol even at 43% ABV.    The taste is rich with toffee, burnt coffee, caramel at first then some more acrid camp fire notes and along with bitter fruit peels and spices.  The finish is gentle hum of heat and peppermint along with some smokiness.  At 43% ABV it can take a drop of water and still hold up, but it doesn't need it.  Overall a delicious expression from one of my favourite distilleries.

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  • Monday, 16 August 2021 13:17

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #65

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    Location: The Marsh Tavern, Manchester, Vermont

    Date: August 2021

    Price: $18

    Recipe: Listed as Black Manhattan with Basil Hayden's Port Infused Dark Rye, Averna Siciliano, Black Walnut and Vanilla Bitters

    Garnish: 1 x black cherry and orange peel twist

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Interesting flavor that was rather led by the vanilla bitters.  A great drink but quite pricey and I am not 100% sure it was manhattan.

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

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