If you read my original review of Legent you will remember that I noticed the burn of the alcohol at first, but adding a bit of ice really let me appreciate the butterscotch sweetness underneath. It is a decent budget bourbon that scored just well enough at 72 to be worth drinking straight, which made me curious how it would be when mixed into a Manhattan.
My first thought is that if you are trying to introduce someone to bourbon, and using Manhattan’s as your tool, this might be the perfect bourbon cocktail for them. The butterscotch sweetness of the Legent turns into what I would almost call a dessert cocktail when its mixed with vermouth.
For me, this Manhattan opens well, but the finish it sickly sweet to the the point where it took away from the experience. It did however negate the alcohol burn of the straight Legent, so I’m still giving the Manhattan a few extra points, as I do think this mixed drink does have its purpose for the right group of guests, which earned this Legent Manhattan a 75/100.
- Lovely fruit and butterscotch when it opens up.
- Good price to value.
- Good to introduce bourbon to drinkers who like sweeter drinks.
- A little too sweet on the finish when the vermouth and Legent blend togther.