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Mortlach 12 year old

The nose on 43.4% expression is very floral with some wheaty breakfast biscuits and spicy notes.  The taste is very smooth with baked spiced apples (maybe even slightly burnt) caramel and honey.  The finish has some slow building heat along with some Bovril (salty / meaty) notes.  Reminded me of good Texas barbeque brisket with strong spice bark.  Overall a ittle too much burnt, salty and bitter notes with not enough sweetness to balance it for me. 

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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 00:21

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #68

    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.

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

    Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:13

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #67

    Location: Centurion Lounge, Bush IAH, Houston

    Date: December 2021

    Price: Free

    Recipe:  Rittenhouse Rye, Bianco Vermouth,  Cocchi Rosa Vermouth, Cherry Sangue, Campari

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Listed as an "Our Pal" on menu but very "perfect" Manhattan like with bitter Campari notes replacing the usual bitters 

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

    Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:09

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #66

    Location: Homemade

    Date: December 2021

    Price: Free

    Recipe: Usual "house recipe" with Makers Mark, Dolin Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and splash of Triple Sec

    Garnish: Bada Bing Cherries

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: I was given these pitted cherries as a gift... love the stem is attached for easy extraction after drinking

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

    Tuesday, 24 August 2021 15:11

    Highland Park Viking Honour 12 year old

    The nose on this is salty and fruity, with some seaweed, a hint of rubber and a prick of alcohol even at 43% ABV.    The taste is rich with toffee, burnt coffee, caramel at first then some more acrid camp fire notes and along with bitter fruit peels and spices.  The finish is gentle hum of heat and peppermint along with some smokiness.  At 43% ABV it can take a drop of water and still hold up, but it doesn't need it.  Overall a delicious expression from one of my favourite distilleries.

    Monday, 16 August 2021 13:17

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #65

    Location: The Marsh Tavern, Manchester, Vermont

    Date: August 2021

    Price: $18

    Recipe: Listed as Black Manhattan with Basil Hayden's Port Infused Dark Rye, Averna Siciliano, Black Walnut and Vanilla Bitters

    Garnish: 1 x black cherry and orange peel twist

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Interesting flavor that was rather led by the vanilla bitters.  A great drink but quite pricey and I am not 100% sure it was manhattan.

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

    Monday, 16 August 2021 13:13

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #64

    Location: Copper Grouse, Manchester, Vermont

    Date: August 2021

    Price: $15

    Recipe: None given, ordered off menu with Sazerac Rye

    Garnish: 2 x black cherry and peel slice

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Solid all rounder...  classic recipe with both classic garnishes.  Something's are classic for a reason.

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

    Friday, 30 July 2021 15:18

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #63

    Location: Simon and Seaforts, Anchorage, Alaska

    Date: July 2021

    Price: est $12

    Recipe: None given, ordered off menu (hence no price listed)

    Garnish: 1 x glace cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: recipe did not stand up to being on the rocks.  Washed out and not enough sweetness.

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

    Tuesday, 06 July 2021 23:59

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #62

    Location: Carters, Wind Crest Senior Living, Littleton, CO

    Date: July 2021

    Price: Free (actually included in dinner)

    Recipe: None given 

    Garnish: 1 x glace cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Pretty good for "free"... a little muted maybe, light on bitters and perhaps a generic spirit?

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

    Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:25

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #61

    Location: Strato 550, Houston, Texas 

    Date: June 2021

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters 

    Garnish: 2 x black cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Great classic option at the bar on 43rd floor in my new office building

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

    Tuesday, 04 May 2021 15:51

    Jura Prophecy

    I have said it before and I will say it again, I do regret never going to Jura when I had the chance because the more I try their whisky the more I like it.  The label describes this 46% ABV expression as "heavily peated" which might be a slight overstatement, but I did like it and my prophecy is I that will drink this again sometime.     The nose was more smoky than peaty, with lots of citrus peel and dried fruits that also came through in the taste, along with sweet, sugary marmalade - even jammy - notes and a oily, mouthcoating  richness.  Very approachable and morish (moorish?).  The oily, smokey and slightly bitter, burnt wood notes in the finish balance the sweetness well.  If I still rated whiskies with stars this would get some. 

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