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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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  • Friday, 30 July 2021 15:18

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #63

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    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

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