The end of last month saw meeting number six of the Manchester Whisky Club, held at the new venue of The Castle in Manchester. Just like last month, a theme was the order of the day, with everything American celebrated. Club founder Andy brought with him 5 expressions covering a little bit of everything, so without further a do, lets see how they all fared –
Kentucky Vintage – 45%
Quite floral yet rich on the nose with a hint of sweetness. Lots of flavour on the palate with a long citrus finish that freshens.
Four Roses Single Barrel – 50%
Initial hit of wood on the nose but smooths out to fruit and spice.Surprisingly smooth on the palate with ripe fruits starting before receiving a kick near the middle and slowly mellowing out to a long finish.
Light beginning on the nose but develops a rich aroma of fudge and caramel. Rather sharp on the palate too, with caramel and citrus flavours lingering for a very long time.
Sazerac Straight Rye 6-8yr – 45%
On the nose, a spicy aroma mixes with pear to produce a soft fruit offering with a slight sweetness. The spice makes a slightly intense presence on the tongue but develops into a sweeter ending.
Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash 1 – 62.5%
An unaged bourbon, on the nose it gave a distinct corn and grain aroma which turned into a very strong, hot flavour on the palate. Surprisingly mouth-watering.
A great collection showcased, with the Sazerac Rye and White Dog my personal highlights. Although the Balcones was a pleasant surprise and it’s been a while since I’ve had the Four Roses, and after trying again I’m surprised it’s not in my collection.
July is all about Japan with a selection of their highly regarded whiskies.
Check out the rest of the photos of the first meet via my Facebook page.
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