If you remember my original review of Redemption Bourbon, you know that I didn’t really find it to be all that enjoyable. It scored a 40/100, putting it in the Mixed Drinks Only category, and now its time to make a Manhattan out of it.
This bottle of Redemption was sitting on a shelf for a while, and my wife gets mad at me for having too many bottles, so I figured I better polish it off, no matter how much I didn’t like it the first time around.
Thankfully, the vermouth did its magic and smoothed out a lot of the rough edges and harsh flavors the whiskey has when sipped straight, bringing it up to a 53/100.
- Smooths out most of the rough edges the straight bourbon had.
- The sweetness of the vermouth mixes with the hard edges of the Redemption and turns it into a nice mixed drink.
- Even with the vermouth, this Manhattan has a little bit of burn going down the throat.