The small-batch whiskey by Pottstown’s Manatawny Still Works is one of the best and most interesting Manhattans in a bottle currently available, reported Jonah Flicker for the Robb Report.
Its kick is ideal for chasing away the early Dec. chill.
Manatawny’s master distiller Max Pfeffer focuses on producing four-grain whiskeys with unique mash bills that cannot be classified as bourbon, rye, or American single malt.
The mash bill includes 80 percent malted barley (of which two percent is roasted), nine percent wheat, nine percent oat, and two percent rye. The distillery simply dubs its spirits as “four grain American whiskey.”
“If you taste and drink our Four Grain Whiskey, you would not associate it with the common idea of what malt whiskey is,” said Pfeffer. “Whiskey is more than just bourbon, rye, or country-specific whiskies. Our purpose in making this whiskey is to expand the idea of what whiskey can be.”
The distillery’s latest release succeeds in doing just that. It offers cherry and orange on the nose, along with sweet vermouth and spice, as well as a dollop of citrus on the palate. Its distinctive taste beats many Manhattans offered in bars and restaurants.