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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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  • Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:01

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #4

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    Location: Manhattan Grill, Hyatt Regency, Dubai

    Date: December 2015

    Price: 65 Dirhams ($17.70)

    Recipe: Makers Mark, Carpono Rosso, bourbon infused cherry

    Garnish: Menu said cherry but it came with lemon peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Most expensive to date but good.  Balanced and not too sweet.  No mention of bitters in menu. 

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