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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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  • Monday, 16 August 2021 13:17

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #65

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    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

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