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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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  • Thursday, 28 March 2013 01:16

    Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner....

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    It goes without saying I had a great time at WhiskyLive London last week.  Highlights for me included meeting fellow bloggers Dave Worthington and Kat Pressly (aka Whisky Discovery), trying Glenlivet new make with Ian Logan, a quick chat with Richard Patterson of Whyte and MacKay and a Kavalan Masterclass with distiller Ian Chang.  There were of course some very good whiskies (and a few rums) being poured as well and some of my favorites of the day are listed below.  I somehow managed to miss fellow Texan Chip Tate of Balcones, a man much in demand right now, but I am sure we will meet soon.  I also visited The London Distillery Company and had a chance to catch up with Darren Rook and taste some of their new Dodd's gin before the show... more on that in a later blog.  All in all, not a bad way to spend a snowy Saturday in March.

    Grant's 25 year old http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/546-grants-25-year-old

    The Glenlivet New Make http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/548-the-glenlivet-new-make

    Penderyn Portwood http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/549-penderyn-portwood

    Kavalan Solist http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/551-kavalan-solist

    Dalmore Millenium http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/553-dalmore-millenium

    Enjoy!

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    Old Crow Reserve

    This was one of the first whiskies I bought just because it was in Ian Buxton's 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die.   I have in general been very impressed with "value" bourbons like this and was hopeful this would be another gem, a diamond in the rough for under $20.  It turns out it was just some $20 rough.  Not a bad thing but better deals and whiskies (certainly in the USA) can be had this price.  Jim Beam Black, Very Old Barton and W L Weller are examples.  The nose is mild, some corn syrup, vaniilla, a little woody and the acetone note I get in many bourbons.  The taste is sweet, think candy corn, and brown sugar and then the finish has a very nice rye note (I would guess a high rye content in this mashbill) and some oaky bite.   Ian suggested adding ice to calm down sweetness and bite and he, as usual, has a point.  Good one for a hot Texas summer day... you can ice it down (and not feel guilty due to price) and it has enough "oomph" to still be able to taste something.