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Fortnum and Mason London Dry Gin

As the more observant reader will have noticed as this is a slight departure from my usual whisky reviews but as it is made by The London Distillery Company (of which I am shareholder and as at time of writing in September 2017 a Director) I feel it's place is warranted on my website.  (Note: Key words in that sentence are "my website").  This bottle came from Batch 022 and was bottled at 47.1% ABV.  The nose has some citrus peel, herbs, fresh cut fruit and vegetal notes and after while some alcohol starts to come through as well.   The mouthfeel is great, chewy and sticky with honey sweetness along with classic gin notes.  The finish has white ppeer and the alcohol dries the mouth quite quickly.   The addition of tonic water cuts the thickness and sweetness so this works really well in classic G&T format.

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  • Saturday, 05 August 2017 16:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #36

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    Location: Oak Room, Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Canada

    Date: July 2017

    Price: $ 18 CAD ($14.22 USD)

    Recipe: Woodford Reserve, sweet vermouth, bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: I also had a Manhatttan here in April 2016 (MPE#13) but the recipe had changed, though the price was the same.  Still very good.

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

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    Gordon and MacPhail Glenlivet 70 year old

    I really did get to try a 70 year old Glenlivet, distilled in 1940, at the Victoria Whisky Festival in 2012.   The nose is incredibly sweet and fresh with fresh paint and bubble gum notes I usually associate with young, sweet bourbons.  I could also detect pineapple, like charred pineapple that has been cooked on grill.  The taste is led by the sherry butt notes, and as you might expect for 70 years in a cask... complex. I also got some pineapple in the taste and then the finish was pepper with leather and smoke (in those days the malt for The Glenlivet would have been lightly peated or smoked unlike today).  Not at all woody or oaky. 

    Spectacular dram.... I may never taste a whisky that old or complex again and I will forever be grateful to Michael Urquhart of Gordon and MacPhail for pouring it, however at over $20,000 a bottle (a bargain by recent Dalmore release standards... see blog http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/185-dalmore-1926-goes-on-sale-for-eu-250000-while-whyte-and-mackay-profits-plunge-surely-a-coincidence?) you will never find it on my shelf at home, even if I had the money I would probably spend on other whiskies (note whiskies is plural) and for that reason I can't give it 4 stars, but it still might be one of the best tasting and memorable whiskies I have ever tried.