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Maker's Mark Private Select

This was picked by Mike Raymond of Houston's Reserve 101 as their 10th anniversary bottling. As the regular readers (both of them) know by now I love Maker's Mark, I love Houston, I love Reserve101 and I have very strong feelings for Mike.  But for some reason this one did not quite work for me, but give it a try as it might for you.   The nose is oaky with some fruity wine notes as well.  Sopem heat from the 55.65% ABV along with calssic vanilla, corn and cola notes.  The taste is hot and a little sharp at first with some black cherry, dark chocolate, jalepeno, burnt caramel and oak char.  The finish is pepper and even a little sour.  With water it gets creamier with some brown sugar and more vanilla. It definately needs a little water (or ice or time) to open it up.

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  • Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:42

    The Least Worst Musings So Far....

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    I am leaving on a short trip to Kentucky while enjoying a short break from work (and my blog) and planning the next stage of my whisky adventures including starting to host tastings in Houston and adding a Whisky History Timeline to this webpage.  However I thought I would post some links to some of what I think are my better efforts of last year or so until I get back with lots of new whiskey and distillery reviews.

     

    Return of the Dinosaurs?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/71-return-of-the-dinosaurs?

     

    What's the Color of Whisky?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/116-whats-the-color-of-whisky?

     

    A Whisky Bubble May Be Out There

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/127-a-whisky-bubble-maybe-out-there

     

    Whisky Tasting Grades: Are You A Black Belt?

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/186-whisky-tasting-grades-are-you-a-black-belt?

     

    Cowboy Whiskey: Gimme a shot of rye

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/255-cowboy-whiskey-gimme-a-shot-of-rye

     

    Deanston and the Power of Suggestion

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/257-deanston-and-the-power-of-suggestion

     

    Location, Location, Location

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/233-just-like-real-estate-sometimes-whisky-is-about-location-location-location

     

     

     

     

     

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    Highland Park 16 year old

    This is a hard to find travel retail expression that comes at 40% ABV.  I picked up some at the Highland Park distillery and as I mentioned in my review of the 25 year old expression, being on the islands did impact my nose and palatte slightly.  The taste has sweet malt, honey, a grassy note and some citrus fruit.  The taste is smooth but quite light bodied for Highland Park.  More honey and hint of vanilla and a floral note.  A little peppery and the finish is oaky, even a touch bitter, and then more honey and smoke at the end.  Not one of their better expressions in my opinion, but when you consder how good the other HP expressions often are, this is still a good whisky.