The George Dickel distillery, purveyors of fine Tennessee whisky, have something new up their sleeves this year: a straight rye whiskey. Although there's nothing actually Tennessean about it — the whisky is made in Indiana and bottled in Illinois — the early reports are very good. I hope to be doing a tasting soon. From Mad Men fashion to … Read more
Liberal 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth1/4 oz Torani Amer (or Amer Picon)1-2 Dashes Orange Bitters Stir ingredients with ice in a rocks glass. A variation on the Manhattan.
Kevin Sintumuang had an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal recently on one of the best, most enduring cocktails of all: the Manhattan. Take a sip. It's not a race—just a sip. Now savor. Cinnamon. Oak. Vanilla. Mint. Cornbread. Dark cherries, even. The flavors of the Manhattan seem to go on forever. Crazy good, huh? … Read more
High West Whiskey Double RyeRye WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $35 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob MontgomeryI’ve started to become more selective when it comes to rye. The first few ryes I tasted were new and different enough that just being a rye gave them a certain amount of good will. If High West had been the first rye I … Read more
The Spir.It rounds up their selections for the Top 5 Whiskey Drinks. Their choices (which include recipes and photos) are: Old-Fashioned Whiskey Sour Manhattan Sazerac Mint Julep Five very solid picks. I can't really argue with any of them — they're classics. The recipes are pretty good, too, although their Manhattan doesn't have nearly enough … Read more
Templeton RyeSmall Batch Rye WhiskeyFinal Grade: APrice: $40 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery At last, I have found my rye. My desert island Manhattan is now picked out. This is the bottle I would take on a long voyage; into the space capsule; in my suspended animation chamber. Along with companion bottles of Noilly Prat Sweet … Read more
Redemption RyeStraight American Rye WhiskeyFinal Grade: B+Price: $27 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery No category of spirit has benefitted more from the cocktail revolution than rye. This whiskey, which formed the backbone of pre-Prohibition drinking, had become nearly extinct by the 1980s. Today rye is to be found in every bar worthy of the name, and … Read more
"A man who has drank his drinks cold at the same expense for one week can never be presented with them warm again." -Frederic Tudor, the 19th-century "Ice King" One of the greatest advances of the past century is something we all take for granted: the availability of ice on demand. Image what life would … Read more