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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, 13 May 2016 05:58

    Manhatten Project: Experiment #15

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    Location: Lawry's Prime Rib, Singapore

    Date: May 2016

    Price: $ 15 SGD ($10.92 USD)

    Recipe: Canadian Club, Sweet and Dry Vermouth (no bitters?)

    Garnish: Orange peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good value (for Singapore) and my first "perfect Manhattan" experiment

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

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