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Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

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  • Monday, 24 April 2017 12:14

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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    Location: Emirates Lounge, Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

    Date: April 2017

    Price: Free ($0.00 USD)

    Recipe: 2 x Jack Daniels, 1 x Martini Rosso and Angosturo Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Unable to find a Manhattan on my Jo'burg hotel cocktail menu I improvised one for myself at airport lounge.

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

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    Black Velvet Reserve

    This has quite a rich complex nose, with acetone, rye, some vanilla and even herbal notes.  The taste has pepper at first and then some coffee before a bitter finish.  With water the nose sweetens and the taste gets smoother (this whiskey was named Black Velvet due to it's "signature" smoothness) and develops some brown sugar, vanilla and baker's chocolate notes.  The finish gets a little more oaky, even resiny, and stays quite bitter.  Lots of familiar Canadian whisky notes in this expression (eg acetone in nose and a bitter finish), perhaps for that reason it comes across as "just another Canadian blend"  but to be fair it's perhaps a little better than some other more well known brands probably due to the extra maturation time Black Velvet enjoys.