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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, 15 August 2018 06:49

    Seaton's Laws of Whisky Investing

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    Although the image I chose for this blog is of Einsten I don't try to pretend that this is rocket science.  In fact I think Whisky investing is really so simple that I have summarized it in my Three Laws of Whisky Investing below. I can condense this further in just two words and in any future publication on the subject I would suggest they take their cue from The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and print on the cover, in large friendly letters, the same two words:  "Don't Bother".

    Law 1 Investing: Allocate for investment in Whisky exactly the same amount of money you would be willing throw onto a fire and watch burn

    Law 2 Buying: If you are reading on the internet or in a magazine about a great investment, then it isn't.  Law 3 now applies.

    Law 3 Selling: Appear in a series of magazine articles and internet postings about how great whisky investing is.  Then sell your shit.

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    Orbis World Whisky

    Here it is, number 98 of 101 World World Whiskies to Try Before To Die.  This is the one I once accused Ian Buxton of "making up" after many fruitless hours internet searching however he insisted on patience and sure enough it appeared a couple of months ago on the excellent Master of Malt website, and even better for me, it was available in their handy-dandy sample size.  Call me a sceptic but I was ready for the worse when I read about this blend of world whiskies, but to be honest it was a lot better than I expected.    The nose was soft and sweet with fruit peels but overall very well integrated and hard to dissect.  The soft nose carries over into a soft mouthfeel at first, with cocoa, marmalade, citrus and grainy sweetness.  I dont know a lot about the composition of this blend but I think I could detect some Canadian rye influence.  The finish has some oak, cayenne pepper and a little spirit burn.  Pretty good if not great.