The second cocktail featured at the Temperance Trader Bourbon Whiskey kickoff this week was something the Pope House Bourbon Lounge sees an awful lot of, temple of whiskey that it is: a Manhattan.
But every Manhattan is different.
It’s hard to believe, but true, as any bartender will tell you, that so simple a thing as a Manhattan can vary so much. But it does. Or they do. Mark this one up in the “big” column.
The Temperance Trader Manhattan shows an entirely different face of the spirit than the previous Porch Swing cocktail. The Bourbon, unrestrained by the acidity of the lemon and and sweetness of the orange in the Porch Swing, bursts out in rye glory in the Manhattan. All the spice explodes out of the glass immediately in rustic, robust splendor, with the sweet vermouth (and a not-so-sweet sweet vermouth at that) and house cherry barely holding it back. What was restrained and refined in the Porch Swing is full-tilt, head-on, no-holds-barred whiskey flavor here, all wrapped up in oak and spice. This is when the brand’s leering devil logo makes sense, because this is devilishly, definitely, bourbon whiskey with a high rye style.
If you like your Bourbon with rye, Temperance Trader will hit your sweet spot. This Bourbon has enough flavor to handle a Sazerac with style!