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Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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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, 24 April 2017 12:14

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #30

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    Location: Emirates Lounge, Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

    Date: April 2017

    Price: Free ($0.00 USD)

    Recipe: 2 x Jack Daniels, 1 x Martini Rosso and Angosturo Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Unable to find a Manhattan on my Jo'burg hotel cocktail menu I improvised one for myself at airport lounge.

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