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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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  • Saturday, 05 August 2017 16:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #36

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    Location: Oak Room, Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Canada

    Date: July 2017

    Price: $ 18 CAD ($14.22 USD)

    Recipe: Woodford Reserve, sweet vermouth, bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I also had a Manhatttan here in April 2016 (MPE#13) but the recipe had changed, though the price was the same.  Still very good.

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

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