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Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

I always try to keep Bowmore, especially the 15 year old Darkest, close at hand.  It is one of my go to whiskies and my visit there (http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/13-bowmore-islay-scotland) ranks as one of my top visitor experiences as well.  This is not cheap... but I have to say it is probably worth every penny, and thanks to the always well stocked bar at Reserve 101 in Houston I got to try a dram of this 53.9% ABV expression.  The nose is peaty with some citrus and classic islay medicinal notes as well.  The taste is dry, spicy and creamy with milk chocolate maltesers and rich dried fruit notes.  Lots of sherry and creaminess made me think of something like a Bailey's liqueur but made with Sherry.  Peppery long finish.  My notes contained the phrase  "mind blowing"..... pretty much says it all.

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  • Thursday, 26 May 2016 08:59

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #17

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    Location: Ciel de Paris, Montparnasse, Paris

    Date: May 2016

    Price: 18 Euros ($27.71 SGD)

    Recipe: Simply Four Roses Bourbon and Martini Rossi.... (nearly $28!)

    Garnish: None

    Served: Up

    Comments: Amazing view from 56th floor restaurant but I paid for it with a below average Manhattan

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

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    Every now and again a whisky comes along that is a nice surprise.  This was one of those whiskies for me.  The nose was very light and sweet, with fresh fruits, green grapes maybe.  The taste is also sweet, honeyed and malty and more fruit, a softer cirtus note like tangerine rather than lemon.  The finish has some heat and smoke and is quite dry.  Elegant and interesting, a nice all rounder, on the light side perhaps but robust enough to stand up to pairing with some food as well.  Reminds me a lot of Old Pulteney, interestingly both distilleries are in old ports but on opposites side of Scotland, and if you like one, my guess is you will like the other.