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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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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Monday, 08 May 2023 13:31

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #85

    Location: Alpine Liquor, Eureka Springs, AK

    Date: May 2023

    Price: $30 for 375 mls (approx $7.50 / glass)

    Recipe: Bulliett Straight Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: One of the best premade Manhattans I have tried so far at a respectable 37.5% ABV

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

    Friday, 21 April 2023 13:00

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #84

    Location: Grand Central Station, NY, NY

    Date: April 2023

    Price: $15.18 (for 200 mls at 32.5% ABV.... good value)

    Recipe: OTR / Basil Hayden premade manhattan with "straight rye, Canadian whiskey, port, sweet vermouth and bitters"

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Great value and tasty... good one

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

    Friday, 21 April 2023 12:49

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #83

    Location: Sparks Steakhouse,  Manhattan, NY

    Date: April 2023

    Price: Good question.. was so shocked by meal price I forget to check!  Probably $16+

    Recipe: Listed a Manhattan 66 with Bulleit Rye, Grand Marnier, Peychaud’s bitters. Stirred, served up

    Garnish: Black Cherries 

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Very good (if slightly off theme) Manhattan in a classic steakhouse setting.  

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

    Friday, 24 March 2023 13:18

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #82

    Location: Refuge, The Woodlands, Texas

    Date: March 2023

    Price: $9.50

    Recipe: Not on menu, requested with Makers Mark

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Great value (might of been Happy Hour as it was after a round of golf).  Second place in a row to ask "big ice" or "lots of little ice".

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

    Thursday, 23 March 2023 13:50

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #81

    Location: Riel, Houston, Texas

    Date: March 2023

    Price: $15

    Recipe: Not on menu

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Very solid rendition from a great restaurant!  Even asked me if I wanted it with one big "rock" or lots of "little rocks".  Lots of little please!

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

    Sunday, 19 March 2023 17:43

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #80

    Location: Moon Palace, The Grand, Cancun, Mexico

    Date: March 2023

    Price: All inclusive resort

    Recipe: Listed as "whisky, vermouth rosso and cherry"

    Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Not great and based on resort overall I guess it was a small pour of a generic "whisky".  Missed the bitters  

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

    Tuesday, 07 March 2023 13:36

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #79

    Location: Brasas, Houston, Texas

    Date: March 2023

    Price: $15

    Recipe: Bulleitt Rye, Angosturo Bitters, Sweet Vermouth

    Garnish: Orange wedge

    Served: Up

    Comments: Listed as a Manhattan Martini and served up, but recipe was classic Manahttan.  Bit foamy from the shaking.

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

    Wednesday, 08 February 2023 14:18

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #78

    Location: Carrileufu River Lodge, Patagonia, Argentina

    Date: January 2023

    Price: All inclusive Lodge

    Recipe: 2 parts Jim beam, 1 part Antica vermouth

    Garnish: Twist of orange peel

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Heavy on orange peel made up for lack of bitters available in bar but then I missed sweeetness of cherry.

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

    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.

    Sunday, 22 January 2023 19:44

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #77

    Location: Perry's, Houston, TX

    Date: January 2023

    Price: $15.00

    Recipe: None given

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Very solid classic rendition (not like the one they serve with pork chop bites as garnish)

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

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