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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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  • Monday, 28 May 2018 10:48

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #40

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    Location: Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Toronto

    Date: May 2018

    Price: $10.50 CAD ($8.08 USD)

    Recipe: Described as "Rye whiskey balanced out with sweet vermouth and a few dashes of Angosturo bitters"

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  A very solid offering at a great price made with Crown Royal (*what else in Canada)

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

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