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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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