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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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  • Saturday, 12 January 2019 08:34

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #44

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    Location: The Chart Room, QE2, Dubai, UAE

    Date: December 2018

    Price: 75 AED  ($20.42 USD)

    Recipe: Described as Bourbon whisky (no e) and Martini Rosso

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: As you might expect for the iconic QE2 it was excellent, balanced sweet and woody but perhaps missed the bitters

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

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