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Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Straight Rye

This bottle was labelled #3031 from Batch 0887 and bottled at 45.2% ABV.  The nose was very nice, herbal tea with mint and sweet vanilla notes.  The mouthfeel is fresh, light and oily, bittersweet on palate with more vanilla, candy, black coffee and dark chocolate.  The finish has peppermint, wood and grassy rye notes.  With water it gets sweeter, even honeyed, while heat builds in the finish with chilli spiced dark chocolate.  Overall very delicious; a light and subtle of straight rye.

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  • Monday, 31 March 2014 20:38

    114 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Part 3: Return of the Whiskey Jedi

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    As I mentioned in the first installment of this blog entry “114 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Part 1: A New List” I found thirteen changes between Edition 1 and Edition 2 of Ian Buxton’s’ fine work. In Episode 2 I discussed those that were obliterated like Alderaan by Ian’s death star.   In this entry we shall take a look at the new characters, the Jar Jar Binks if you like.

    I was very happy that just six whiskies stood between me and the "monumental" claim to have tasted and reviewed not only all 101 from Edition 1 but also all 101 in Edition 2. Those six were whiskies Cutty Sark 18 year old, Glenglassaugh Evolution, Kavalan Concertmaster, Lord Elcho 15 year old, Naked Grouse and The Tweeddale 12 year old. The links to my tasting notes are posted below.

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/671-cutty-sark-18-year-old

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/669-glenglassaugh-evolution

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/667-kavalan-concertmaster-port-cask-finish

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/670-lord-elcho-15-year-old

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/661-naked-grouse

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/668-the-tweeddale-blend-12-year-old

     

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