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Dec 7, 2009 10:50 AM

For my Manhattans I seem to go old school and basic in my whiskey...

I try all sorts of spirits. I probably have 60 bottles of liquor at home. Someone on the Boston Board recently convinced me to thy the reincarnated Rittenhouse Rye in my Manhattans.

Way too sweet. I like Jim Beam white or Old Overholt better.

Heck, I've ranted on this before, but a lot of the (old sounding) new whiskeys are just too pumped up for my palate. Straight or in a cocktail I like my brown liquor a little leaner a little less overdone. These days even Jim Beam Black, an old favorite of mine, has just a bit too much going on.

Maybe I'm getting old...

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  1. Don't shoot me, but I'm a Canadian Whiskey Guy myself. I don't buy into what's the best....only what I like.

    1. Agreed on the Rittenhouse. Old Overcoat is my standard. Have you tried Sazerac? Very good, too.

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      1. re: Up With Olives

        I'm a big fan o Sazerac. The young stuff works well in a manhattan, and at $24 a bottle it's reasonably priced. it has a nice earthy flavor.

      2. Old Overholt, Noilly Prat and Angostura on the rocks for me. The Manhattan was my go-to drink for years, although I've largely bypassed them lately as I've been exploring other options.

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        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          Much as I like so new and some old school cocktails, in the fall/winter I just can't get passed a nice Manhattan after work. I do make my own bitters which is pretty tasty.

          What have you been drinking Barmy?

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I've mostly been getting into gin for the first time over the last couple years. My college girlfriend, who was the person who introduced me to intoxicants beyond the occasional beer, refused to touch the stuff: she was originally from Houston's Fifth Ward (to give you an idea, that's where the '90s gangsta rappers the Geto Boys were from) and strictly associated gin with a bunch of cultural stereotypes she wanted nothing to do with. So gin wasn't on my radar until after I moved to Boston and married a woman whose preferred summer drink is a large G&T.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              Ahhhh, see I associate gin with summer as well. I was on a big Aviation kick til the weather turned cold.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                I'm a strong believer in seasonal foods, so it makes sense that I think in terms of seasonal drinks. I'll certainly drink gin-based cocktails (including Aviations) outside of the summer, but certain drinks -- G&T, Pimm's Cup, vodka and lime -- I would only drink during the summer, the same way I only want Manhattans during the colder months.

        2. Dickel rocks a Manhattan. I use No. 12, which is the perfect balance of sweet and dry.

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          1. re: sku

            Hmmmm I haven't had that Tennessee whiskey in a long time. Might have to grab a bottle.

          2. I share your dislike of Rittenhouse, particularly in a Manhattan. While I do like the bolder whiskeys neat, on the rocks, in a Manhattan or Rob Roy, something subtler is much better.
            I would add, though, that using bourbon is decidedly not old school. An old school Manhattan would only use rye. My favorite for a classic Manhattan is Wild Turkey Rye.

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            1. re: danieljdwyer

              Yah, it really should be Rye. Funny, I often order Wild Turkey when I am out for the evening, but don't think I've ever owned a bottle...