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Manhattan Project: Experiment #68

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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, 06 January 2022 00:21

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #68

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    Location: Fortnum and Mason, London, UK

    Date: December 2021

    Price: $38 for 300 ml

    Recipe:  As per bottle: English Malt, sweet vermouth, bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: In house version of Rob Roy with English whisky hence the name Robin Roy.  Not my favorite.

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