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Mortlach 12 year old

The nose on 43.4% expression is very floral with some wheaty breakfast biscuits and spicy notes.  The taste is very smooth with baked spiced apples (maybe even slightly burnt) caramel and honey.  The finish has some slow building heat along with some Bovril (salty / meaty) notes.  Reminded me of good Texas barbeque brisket with strong spice bark.  Overall a ittle too much burnt, salty and bitter notes with not enough sweetness to balance it for me. 

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  • Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:09

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #66

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    Location: Homemade

    Date: December 2021

    Price: Free

    Recipe: Usual "house recipe" with Makers Mark, Dolin Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and splash of Triple Sec

    Garnish: Bada Bing Cherries

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: I was given these pitted cherries as a gift... love the stem is attached for easy extraction after drinking

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

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