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Posted on 2011/04/24 09:46:03 (April 2011).

[Friday 15th April 2011]
Walter, a favourite colleague of mine in the US, had very kindly sent the team in the London office a present to mark a milestone in our project - and he'd really pulled out the stops, getting us a bottle of Pappy van Winkle's 23 year old Family Reserve, which I happen to know is really very pricey indeed. So at the end of the day we downed tools, and, for the few of us on my team who were actually in the office this week, had a mini tasting session. I'd never really been a fan of Bourbon to date, I expect largely because I'd never tried a particularly good example. This however was quite a revelation - it was super smooth and extremely drinkable, with none of the harsh notes that usually make me react less-than-favourably toward the Kentucky spiritus frumenti. There were instead very pleasant notes of vanilla, brown sugar and creme-brulée. My colleagues, perhaps less accustomed to the vernacular typically used in such circumstances, offered "lime pickle" and "WD40", although I suspect the latter may not have been entirely serious.

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