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WHISKEY DREAMS – Jameson Orange

I was super excited to find a bottle of Jameson Orange. It just came out and I live in the boonies, so I had to drive across the river and hit the “big city” to find it.

I was even more excited when the cashier told me its really good. He described it as not too sweet, and subtle – which sounded awesome because I’m a Whiskey Snob and I like whiskey that tastes like whiskey.

The nose on this Jameson Orange is just amazing. All orange and cream and just so very aromatic. It is a very pleasant nose.

The initial sip is smooth, and is reminiscent of Jameson with hints of orange. The mid tongue is zest, and the finish is all orange, zest, and just a hint of Jameson butter cookies.

That first sip is tasty, but the more you drink, the more the aftertaste turns to cold medicine. It is a slow gradual degradation of flavors that ends up being a final sip of cold medicine.

Still, I drank the bottle, but if I buy another I’ll be saving it for Mixed Drinks Only. I’m giving this Jameson Orange a 55/100.

Pros

  • Great starter whiskey for someone who doesn’t really appreciate whiskey yet.
  • The nose is all orange creamcycle.
  • It’s only 30% ABV, so it really doesn’t have any alcohol edge.

Cons:

  • I don’t like flavored whiskey, and this is like a candy whiskey to me.
  • After a few sips the orange aftertaste starts to finish like cold medicine.
  • It’s only 30% ABV, so it goes down easy, but also leads to a hangover. What is strange is that I don’t usually get hangovers from higher proofs so I tend to blame the flavoring for some reason. I have no idea what the real cause is.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey67$70 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Jameson Orange55$30 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Natterjack Irish Whiskey35$30 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml
Silkie Irish Whiskey0$30 / 750ml

WHISKEY PLACES – TGI FRIDAYS

My wife and I used to hit this TGI Fridays on a monthly basis as we both worked nearby and would hit it up for lunch together when we could.

My suggestion, get the Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips. These are the reason I go to TGI Fridays and they really do make it worth the visit.

However, we are here to talk about whiskey, and TGI Fridays is just not a place to go if you are looking for whiskey selection. The cocktail menu is just very limited:

Our server was incredibly nice and helpful, but when I asked what the whiskey’s they had I couldn’t help but chuckle internally when she said they had Jameson, Maker’s Mark, and Straight Kentucky, which is just the descriptor on their menu for Maker’s.

So of course I went with a Maker’s Mark Manhattan. As our waitress delivered the drink she apologized and send the bartender was new, so your experience with TGI Fridays may be different…

TGI Fridays Maker’s Mark Manhattan

What I got was a watered down glass Maker’s Mark. I don’t think there was any vermouth in it at all.

I told the waitress no worries, everyone has to start somewhere, and drank the drink – but did not order another, and yes, I still left a nice tip.

The Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips are the reason to go to TGI Fridays for me, but when ranking it as a Whiskey Place I have to give it a 1/100, setting a new record low for Just Bad Whiskey Places.

Whenever we are near another I’ll have to try another and will update this review if anything changes on the Whiskey Place Front.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY PLACES – Blue Line Lounge & Grill

It was freezing cold when I was in Chicago the first week of Chicago, and when I say freezing cold, I mean freezing cold. My coworkers and I were not actually planning on going to the Blue Line Lounge & Bar, but we were freezing and it was along our route to whatever bar we were supposed to be going to.

I ordered a Manhattan, because I usually do, and it wasn’t until I tasted it that I thought I recognized it. After looking in the menu, I realized they were using Redemption Bourbon, which scored a 40/100 as a sipper. When I made a At Home Manhattan, the Vermouth definitely helped smooth out some of the rough edges, and the score rose to a 53/100.

I’m going to say that the Blue Line Lounge and Bar Manhattan tasted about the same as what I made, so I’m holding to that score of a 53/100, making it just barely Sip Worthy. As a whiskey bar, this place doesn’t have a huge selection, and is about as good as any city bar.

Redemption Manhattan
PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY PLACES – Peddler’s Village Cock N’ Bull

We made our annual trip to Peddler’s Village and had dinner at the Cock’n Bull Restaurant. My wife and I always enjoy heading out to Lahaska, but this was our first visit since Covid-19.

Our server was amazing, and she was running like mad to deal with a lot of tables, so keep in mind that the Cock’n Bull seemed short staffed and they were really busy.

I had two drinks with dinner. The first was a Manhattan, which is my usual go to drink.

Manhattan

Based on the menu, the Cock’n Bull Manhattan is Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano Antica, and an amorosa cherry.

Sadly, this Manhattan tasted like bourbon with ice. There was no real flavor, which is actually the reason I moved on to order an Old Fashioned as drink two.

Old Fashioned

Do you notice anything about this Old Fashioned? It is almost clear. How did it taste? Well, like sugar water with a twist of orange in it. If there was bourbon in this Old Fashioned it was just a tiny splash.

I’m giving the Cock’n Bull a 26/100, and that is mostly a courtesy as I have had a few good meals here, and they are getting bonus points for being open during Covid-19. Being as expensive as it is, I expect high quality meals and drinks from a restaurant like this.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY DREAMS – Silkie

If you like Scotch you may like this Silkie blended Irish Whiskey.

If I’d known it was peated when I saw I would have have bought it. Scotch and anything that is peated just reminds my of licking ash trays, so it is really not for me.

So it earns a 0/100 from me as I literally cannot drink it. Just keep in mind I don’t like smoke, so you might like it if you like Scotch.

Silkie
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey67$70 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Jameson Orange55$30 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Natterjack Irish Whiskey35$30 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml
Silkie Irish Whiskey0$30 / 750ml

Whiskey Places – Tortoise Supper Club

I was lucky enough to be invited to a dinner at the Tortoise Supper Club to celebrate the holidays. On the food side I ordered the Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes and it was absolutely the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. It was freezing cold this week in Chicago, and it was the perfect comfort food to warm me up, and to pair with a a drink.

They have a decent menu of bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey, so deciding on what I actually wanted to drink was not easy. One of bosses ordered a Manhattan, and that sealed the deal for me.

With my decision made, I ordered a Manhattan, which has become my go to when dining out.

My Manhattan was made with Bulleit Rye and a decent shake of bitters. It was wonderfully dry, woody, and the swallow ended with a nice dry bitter finish. There was sweet vermouth in it, but it was very mellow and really let the Bulleit Rye shine through. I’m not a huge fan of Rye, and this still scored an 85/100, so if you are a Rye lover, this will likely score even higher for you.

If your in Chicago, and have deep pockets, I highly recommend the Tortoise Supper Club. It is all dark wood, class, and live music, at least while I was there. They had two lovely young woman walking around and singing Christmas carols and it was wonderful.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY DREAMS – NatterJack Irish Whiskey

Natterjack Irish Whiskey is a blended, triple distilled whiskey from Gortinore Distillery in Dublin Ireland. I have to be honest, even if it was bourbon, I was picking up this bottle because of the distinctive Toad label.

Natterjack Irish Whiskey

Even the cork has the image pressed into it. Now onto the testing.

The nose is hard to describe. Is it acid and leather I’m smelling? I’ve appreciated this note in other blends, and it is not something that I’m overly fond of.

That acid and leather came right through on the first sip. The front and mid tongue appreciate sweetness that quickly turns to leather and funk on the swallow. That cost Natterjack big points. I’m giving Natterjack a 35/100, putting it just into the Mixed Drinks Only territory.

For this price, I could buy almost two bottles of Paddies, and that is a much better sip compared to this bottle.

Pros

  • New Irish Whiskey offerings are few and far between.
  • Relatively cheap at $30 a bottle.

Cons:

  • The nose has funk that I could not get around.
  • That funk comes right through on the sip.
  • Better options at this price point.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey67$70 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Jameson Orange55$30 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Natterjack Irish Whiskey35$30 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml
Silkie Irish Whiskey0$30 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Basil Hayden’s Manhattan

I was craving a Manhattan, and decided to try and blend something a little different, which ended up in the best Manhattan I’ve ever had.

The base is Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, mixed with sweet vermouth, Dom Benedictine, and garnished with a Bada Bing Cherry.

This combo results in just the perfect level of sweetness that blends and swirls with Basil Hayden’s woody, spice, and oaky notes. This Manhattan scored a 95/100, putting it at the very top of the Manhattan scale.

Recipe:

  • 4 ounces Basil Hayden’s
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Dom Benedictine
  • 2 Bada Bing Cherries
BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's & Dom Benedictine95$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Balcones91$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's88$35 / 750mlManhattan
Old Fashioned On The Rocks Knob Creek83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan-Death's Door74$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Stillhouse50$25 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Agitator49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan

WHISKEY PLACES – The Legend

The Legend is just outside the New Castle County Airport in, you guessed it, New Castle. I had the Reuben, and my wife had a waffle. The food was good, and even better when you factor in the price. Without booze the bill would have been $24 before the tip.

The facilities are okay, but are showing a little age. Get a table over a booth if you can. The booth we were in wasn’t super solid and the people on each side of us were leaning back, making our booth uncomfortable to sit in. We didn’t complain as it started when we were almost done, but it was annoying. Fix the booths!

As you can see, there is not a massive whiskey selection, which left me with trying the Jack Daniel’s in a Manhattan. For me Jack is mean for mixers, but mixers like soda. As a Manhattan is really doesn’t work for me.

I’m giving The Legend a 5/100 as its not a destination to go to if your a Whiskey Snob. My recommendation is go there for breakfast (they do serve mimosas) or a decent, cheap meal, but not for the whiskey bar.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY DREAMS – Balcones Lineage Single Malt Whiskey MANHATTAN

I first had a Balcones Manhattan at the Saltgrass Steakhouse while on vacation, and went wild over it. It was just an excellent Manhattan, so I had to find the ingredients, which were surprisingly difficult in my area, so I could reproduce this lovely sipper.

The original recipe on the menu is:

I found a bottle of Balcones Lineage Single Malt Whiskey first, but I’m not sure if it is the actual bottle they use, or if it is one of the other bottles that Balcones makes. I had to special order the Benedictine DOM, but I’m not sure if that’s because I’m in the sticks or its really that hard to find?

The main reason I say that is I’ve got it close, but not quite exact. But maybe things just taste better when your on vacation?

I’ve played with the mix, and the closest I can get is good, but not quite as good as what I had at the restaurant.

My recipe is 2 parts Balcones Lineage Single Malt Whiskey, 1 part Sweet Vermouth, and then, I had to buy a graduated jigger so I could play with how much Benedictine Dom to add in. My final result is 15ml of Dom.

This resulted in a wonderful Manhattan that scored a 92/100, which puts it at the absolute tops of Manhattan as of today (October 29th, 2021).

If you like a good Manhattan, you have to find the bottles and make this happen.

BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's & Dom Benedictine95$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Balcones91$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's88$35 / 750mlManhattan
Old Fashioned On The Rocks Knob Creek83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan-Death's Door74$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Stillhouse50$25 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Agitator49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan