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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 18:13

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #67

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    Location: Centurion Lounge, Bush IAH, Houston

    Date: December 2021

    Price: Free

    Recipe:  Rittenhouse Rye, Bianco Vermouth,  Cocchi Rosa Vermouth, Cherry Sangue, Campari

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Listed as an "Our Pal" on menu but very "perfect" Manhattan like with bitter Campari notes replacing the usual bitters 

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

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