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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, 28 May 2018 10:48

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #40

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    Location: Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Toronto

    Date: May 2018

    Price: $10.50 CAD ($8.08 USD)

    Recipe: Described as "Rye whiskey balanced out with sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angosturo bitters"

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  A very solid offering at a great price made with Crown Royal (*what else in Canada)

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

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