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The Perfect Manhattan at Roast


On a relaxing Friday afternoon I was able to relax at Roast restaurant at Bourough Market in London.  I had a perfectly made Manhattan made with Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon

Martin, a exemplary bartender from Slovakia, made my drinks with equal parts of white and red vermouth and a freshly cut orange peel.  The result was a perfectly made drink that I had to have repeatedly.  


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When in London, Do as an American…Sometimes

Dining and drinking solo at Hush, a restaurant in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, was made less pathetic by ordering a duo of Manhattans. The first made with Buffalo Trace and the second with Wild Turkey 101. Firstly, the bartender made two identical drinks. Exactly as any classic cocktail book would instruct them to be made. There was no deviation from recipe tonight. So which did I like better? …. Oddly enough I thought the Buffalo Trace version tasted very … “normal”. It was exactly as it should have been made. It tasted exactly as it should have tasted… That is why tonight I chose the Wild Turkey 101 entry. It was remarkably bright. Incredibly smooth. Clean, even a little soapy ( in a good way somehow) with an after taste lingering of mild tobacco. Very nice, interestingly surprising.

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Around the globe, Heads Up


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Bold as Brass in London

20131020-142838.jpgEvery once in a while (actually quite frequently) I drink something other than Bourbon. Today happened to be one of those days. I was walking in London and found myself on a small street watching a brass band set up in front of a perfect London pub. The band happened to be the somewhat famous Hackney Colliery Band and they were promoting their new beer ( yes, the band has their own beer ) called Bold as Brass made by Truman’s Brewery. Being a patron of the arts I felt obligated to try a pint or two and enjoyed it with many Londoners and tourists alike.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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