High West Manhattan and Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Happy Fourth of July! What’s your drink of choice on a day like today? If you love whiskey and cocktails, I’ve got you covered. Ready-Made cocktails are becoming more and more popular. Jumping into the category, High West. I purchased both their Manhattan and Old-Fashioned for this review so, let’s get started.

Manhattan: They follow the 2:1 ratio recipe with a dash of bitters. They then mature the cocktail in rye barrels.

Nose: sweet, rye cherries
Palate: lightly sweet, spices and bitters
Finish: smooth and bitters

ABV: 37%
Cost: $35 (around what I paid)

It’s good, better than I thought it would be. Without ice you taste a bit syrupier, but the ice brings out more of the bitters

Old-Fashioned: They use 2 parts whiskey, 1/2-part demerara simple syrup and 3 dashes of aromatic bitters. They then mature in rye barrels for 3 months.

Nose: sweet, rye and citrus
Palate: sweet, bitter and oranges
Finish: bitters and oranges

ABV: 43%
Cost: $35 (around what I paid)

Good with and without ice. The ice brought out more of the orange and sweet notes.

I like both but, the old-fashioned was the better of the two in my opinion. What I love about these ready-made cocktails is their simplicity and affordability when you think of costs you spend for a cocktail at a bar or restaurant. They are also easy to just pick up and bring to a party to share with everyone or simply give to the host as a gift.

Cheers!

Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.

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