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Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Straight Rye

This bottle was labelled #3031 from Batch 0887 and bottled at 45.2% ABV.  The nose was very nice, herbal tea with mint and sweet vanilla notes.  The mouthfeel is fresh, light and oily, bittersweet on palate with more vanilla, candy, black coffee and dark chocolate.  The finish has peppermint, wood and grassy rye notes.  With water it gets sweeter, even honeyed, while heat builds in the finish with chilli spiced dark chocolate.  Overall very delicious; a light and subtle of straight rye.

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  • Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:19

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #53

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    Location: The Tavern, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Spencer's Manhattan which according to menu is ... Rye Whiskey, Drambuie, Bitters

    Garnish: 3 cherries

    Served: Up

    Comments: Drambuie in a Manhattan?  No Vermouth? That was a first.  The color strongly suggests that vermouth was in the recipe.

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

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