There have been many times where I have been able to form an opinion of a Manhattan before I have taken the first sip, usually when I do this it doesn’t bode well for the drink. Often times this happens when my drink looks like a cloudy sandstorm spinning in my glass. However, in this case, I was able to form an immediate strong positive point of view for three reasons: 1)The color of the vermouth was a warmer deeper color than usual and, 2) It was clear of any particulate air bubbles – clear amber heaven, and 3) there was a proper, not emergency beacon red, dark maraschino cherry at the bottom. I knew then that the bartender Collin, at The Republic Smokehouse and Saloon, was the real deal. I called him over before my first taste and asked about the brand of Vermouth and if it was a brandied cherry. The vermouth was Carpano Antica Formula, and the cherry was not brandied, – it was just a deep black maraschino cherry. Both made a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »
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So I sat in a Houston hotel lobby this week waiting for colleagues to arrive to enjoy a nice steak dinner. While I waited I decided to enjoy a Manhattan made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Like many bourbon drinkers, Woodford has been one of my go to bourbons for a long time now. This is due to a few easy reasons; it is very smooth, full of flavor, and possibly most importantly, it is available in most of the nicer bars around the country. Availability should never be underestimated!
On that note, what I interesting is that while nicer bourbons are fairly common in the United States, they can be very hard to come by in other parts of the world. Bourbon simply doesn’t get the respect it deserves around the globe, especially when compared to Scotch and Vodka. Far too often when I ask for a good bourbon in far away lands I get Jack Daniels. No disrespect to good old Jack, but it simply does not reflect the fantastic bourbons that can and should be offered instead.
I think we should remedy this, what do you think?