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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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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    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.

    Monday, 16 August 2021 13:17

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #65

    Location: The Marsh Tavern, Manchester, Vermont

    Date: August 2021

    Price: $18

    Recipe: Listed as Black Manhattan with Basil Hayden's Port Infused Dark Rye, Averna Siciliano, Black Walnut and Vanilla Bitters

    Garnish: 1 x black cherry and orange peel twist

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Interesting flavor that was rather led by the vanilla bitters.  A great drink but quite pricey and I am not 100% sure it was manhattan.

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

    Monday, 16 August 2021 13:13

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #64

    Location: Copper Grouse, Manchester, Vermont

    Date: August 2021

    Price: $15

    Recipe: None given, ordered off menu with Sazerac Rye

    Garnish: 2 x black cherry and peel slice

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Solid all rounder...  classic recipe with both classic garnishes.  Something's are classic for a reason.

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

    Friday, 30 July 2021 15:18

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #63

    Location: Simon and Seaforts, Anchorage, Alaska

    Date: July 2021

    Price: est $12

    Recipe: None given, ordered off menu (hence no price listed)

    Garnish: 1 x glace cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: recipe did not stand up to being on the rocks.  Washed out and not enough sweetness.

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

    Tuesday, 06 July 2021 23:59

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #62

    Location: Carters, Wind Crest Senior Living, Littleton, CO

    Date: July 2021

    Price: Free (actually included in dinner)

    Recipe: None given 

    Garnish: 1 x glace cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Pretty good for "free"... a little muted maybe, light on bitters and perhaps a generic spirit?

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

    Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:25

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #61

    Location: Strato 550, Houston, Texas 

    Date: June 2021

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters 

    Garnish: 2 x black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Great classic option at the bar on 43rd floor in my new office building

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

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    Jura Superstition

    This was one of five whiskies that we tried at a tasting led by Ian Buxton in May 2011 in Aberdeen.  Of the five this was not the most expensive or unusual whisky we tried that day, but for me it was the the most surprising and enjoyable, probably because I had some preconceptions regarding the Isle of Jura distillery as producing "middle of the road" malts for blending.  I did not take detailed tasting notes that day, but this is definately a whisky I will be going back to try again and I will post tasting notes then.  Rich, complex and smokey, not unlike Highland Park, this was a great example of why you should try all whiskies and not assume anything.  The only downside was the pang of regret I felt because we did not visit Jura when we went to Islay in 2010.

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