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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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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Monday, 15 August 2022 11:05

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #72

    Location: Squable, Houston, TX

    Date: August 2022

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Overporoof Bourbon, sweet vermouths, Angostura and orange bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Very solid example.  Like use of orange and black cherry

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

    Monday, 08 August 2022 20:33

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #71

    Location: The Crows Nest, Hotel Captain Hook, Anchorage

    Date: August 2022

    Price: $18:00

    Recipe: Buffalo Trace bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters

    Garnish: Luxardo cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Quite expensive at $18 (at least there is no sales tax in AK)  for a fairly average, standard recipe Manhattan

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

    Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:41

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #70

    Location: Bush Intercontinental Airport, Terminal C

    Date: June 2022

    Price: $14:30

    Recipe: Makers mark, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Very decent Manahttan at a reasonable price (for an airport)

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

    Wednesday, 09 March 2022 05:38

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #69

    Location: Perry's, Houston, Texas

    Date: March 2022

    Price: $15

    Recipe:  Redemption Rye, Vya Vermouth, brown sugar / bbq sauce rim

    Garnish: Pork Chops (yes Pork Chop) and Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: What's not to love... pre meal drink AND amuse bouche!  Pork, cherry and Manhattan works well.

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

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 20:56

    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. 

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 20:44

    London Distillery Single Malt (Cask BT195-002)

    These notes are from a 20cl sample taken from my personal cask of maris otter single malt and is approximately 5 years old and at a cask strength 63% ABV.   The nose has lots of fruit cake, orange peel and of course strong alcohol!  Imagine someone left a Chritsmas cake in a garage overnight.   Taste was hot and spicy with some nutty and grain spirit notes.  More citrus peel and some sweet caramel and butterscotch notes.  Finish is blast of black pepper and then green chilli seeds hangs around for a while.  Overal a wild ride of fruit, heat and sweet.  With a little water (even a lot) more toffee and creamy notes but also a quickly gets a little one dimensional and washed out.  Needs some more time in oak and the complexity that further maturation will bring,

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 00:21

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #68

    Location: Fortnum and Mason, London, UK

    Date: December 2021

    Price: $38 for 300 ml

    Recipe:  As per bottle: English Malt, sweet vermouth, bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: In house version of Rob Roy with English whisky hence the name Robin Roy.  Not my favorite.

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

    Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:13

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #67

    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

    Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:09

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #66

    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

    Tuesday, 24 August 2021 15:11

    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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