A very interesting drink, created through a collaboration between Jefferson’s Bourbon and Esquire magazine. This is a barrel finished pre-bottled cocktail, ideal for those moments when you need a Manhattan, but do not have access to your bar. First launched in 2015, this was the product of over 2 years of planning and tasting by Trey Zoeller, the founder of Jefferson’s Bourbon, and David Granger, current editor of Esquire. They tried dozens of different recipes and ratios, until they decided on three to barrel age for 90 days. Of these three, one stood apart as of superior quality. This cocktail is made up of six year old bourbon at 41.15% ABV, both sweet and dry vermouth, and barrel-aged cherry bitters. Traditionally, this is what bartenders would call a “perfect” Manhattan – as it contains both dry and sweet vermouth. The oak barrel here has provided added depth and roundness to this whisky, creating a lovely cocktail of exquisite balance. The final proof of this drink is 34%ABV, and it is presented in an impressive black flask-style bottle, perfect for whipping out whenever you need a Manhattan. Best enjoyed either neat or stirred over ice as you would a standard Manhattan, with the addition of a few maraschino cherries.