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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

    Tuesday, 22 November 2022 13:37

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #76

    Location: Puttery, Houston, TX

    Date: November 2022

    Price: $13.00

    Recipe: Rye, Vermouth, Cynar, Bitters

    Garnish: Lemon Peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Not a classic Manhatan but a very servicable variation they call the "Colossus of New York"

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

    Sunday, 30 October 2022 17:40

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #75

    Location: Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country, TX

    Date: October 2022

    Price: $11.00

    Recipe: Unknown

    Garnish: Back Cherry

    Served: Single Rock

    Comments: Very good value at but overall a little small and underwhelming and not enough ice

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

    Tuesday, 11 October 2022 21:29

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #74

    Location: Beagans 1806 cocktails

    Date: September 2022

    Price: $16.99 for 6 = $2.81 per can

    Recipe: Manhattan in a can

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Very good value but needed help.  I added a shot of Makers Mark and it improved signficantly.

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

    Monday, 26 September 2022 14:10

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #73

    Location: Saltgrass Steakhouse, Houston, TX

    Date: September 2022

    Price: $13.00

    Recipe: Balcones Pot Still bourbon, Martini and Rossi sweet vermouth, Benedictine DOM

    Garnish: Black cherry and lemon peel

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Excellent.  Benedictine is interesting addition to recipe adding herbal and swet notes.

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

    Monday, 15 August 2022 11:05

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #72

    Location: Squable, Houston, TX

    Date: August 2022

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Overporoof Bourbon, sweet vermouths, Angostura and orange bitters

    Garnish: Black cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Very solid example.  Like use of orange and black cherry

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

    Monday, 08 August 2022 20:33

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #71

    Location: The Crows Nest, Hotel Captain Hook, Anchorage

    Date: August 2022

    Price: $18:00

    Recipe: Buffalo Trace bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters

    Garnish: Luxardo cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Quite expensive at $18 (at least there is no sales tax in AK)  for a fairly average, standard recipe Manhattan

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

    Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:41

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #70

    Location: Bush Intercontinental Airport, Terminal C

    Date: June 2022

    Price: $14:30

    Recipe: Makers mark, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Very decent Manahttan at a reasonable price (for an airport)

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

    Wednesday, 09 March 2022 05:38

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #69

    Location: Perry's, Houston, Texas

    Date: March 2022

    Price: $15

    Recipe:  Redemption Rye, Vya Vermouth, brown sugar / bbq sauce rim

    Garnish: Pork Chops (yes Pork Chop) and Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: What's not to love... pre meal drink AND amuse bouche!  Pork, cherry and Manhattan works well.

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

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 20:56

    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. 

    Thursday, 06 January 2022 20:44

    London Distillery Single Malt (Cask BT195-002)

    These notes are from a 20cl sample taken from my personal cask of maris otter single malt and is approximately 5 years old and at a cask strength 63% ABV.   The nose has lots of fruit cake, orange peel and of course strong alcohol!  Imagine someone left a Chritsmas cake in a garage overnight.   Taste was hot and spicy with some nutty and grain spirit notes.  More citrus peel and some sweet caramel and butterscotch notes.  Finish is blast of black pepper and then green chilli seeds hangs around for a while.  Overal a wild ride of fruit, heat and sweet.  With a little water (even a lot) more toffee and creamy notes but also a quickly gets a little one dimensional and washed out.  Needs some more time in oak and the complexity that further maturation will bring,

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