Things used to be simple on this web site. Bourbon on one tab and food on the other. Now, we just put them all in one place. After all, such chaos will only confuse one or two people anyway.
To add to the confusion, this is not even a bourbon review. This site has expanded to include rye as well. This shocking change came about after having a rye Manhattan. Needless to say, we were hooked and went out and purchased some rye. You will be seeing the results in upcoming reviews on our site. Next up, a short review of Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey.
Nose: As usual the nose is simply great. Hey, I could say stuff like shoe leather or cherries or stuff like that, but I get more of a strong herbal smell. This will clear those sinuses out in one or two sniffs. That is what any good whiskey should do.
Pop: Surprisingly, this up front pop is mild. Taking in a sip of the rye does not evoke nearly as much of a sensory response as many other rye whiskies or bourbons. This one goes in mildly.
Body: This is where this rye really shines. The body is silky smooth and ever so slightly thick for a whiskey.
Finish: Like any rye it goes down a little harsh. Anything this harsh does not really evoke thoughts of sitting and sipping leisurely while performing your favorite relaxing activity.
So, we don't recommend this one for enjoyment neat or with an ice cube because of the finish. How does it measure up in a Manhattan? As usual, two parts whiskey one part sweet vermouth and a couple drops or shakes of your favorite bitters gets things started. That great body and lack of pop translate into a smooth first sip that just goes "ahhh" as you take a sip. The vermouth helps the smooth out the harsh finish into an amazing balance of sweet and smooth. This is one of the best Manhattans out there and something you should try if you are a fan of the Manhattan.