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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Saturday, 31 October 2015 03:41

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #1

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    Location: Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel, Lobby Bar

    Date: October 2015

    Price: $12.50 (800 Rubles)

    Recipe: No info provided / not observed

    Garnish: Maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Nice, clean, not too sweet.  A well executed "classic" Manhattan

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

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