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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Monday, 22 June 2020 18:25

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #52

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    Location: Total Wine and More, Houston, TX

    Date: June 2020

    Price: $24.99

    Recipe: According to packet... whiskey, vermouth, caramel color

    Garnish: I added 2 Luxardo Maraschino cherries

    Served: Rocks

    Comments:Way over priced even for 100 ml.... but it was much better than I expected for a recipe that included "caramel color"

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

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