I have to say that it's different. When drinking you get the sweet and tart flavor. If you don't like sweet tasting whiskey don't buy this. I used ice to tone it down. This is way better than Evan Williams cherry flavor whiskey. The Leopold Bros. puts the cherry juice in the barrel for 6 months. Evan Williams mixes a cherry liqueur after the is whiskey aged. Then blended. But the Leopold Bros is triple the price.
I tried it neat and it was to tart then sweet. A little rough. I filled a glass full of ice then the whiskey. Let it sit for 5 minutes and had a sip. Way better! Also Way better then Evan Williams cherry whiskey. If you don't like sweet then don't buy this. I will not buy this again. But I don't regret trying it.
Much too sweet and cloying if you drink it straight. It wasn't as bad a taste as cough syrup, but it was pretty close. I found that it was much better when mixed with seltzer or some other liquor that could help to balance the flavor. But if I'm going to spend this much money on a bottle, I don't want to have to use it for mixed drinks.
SOOOOOOOOO SWEET! This absolutely cannot be consumed on its own at room temp and it tastes absolutely nothing like Manhattans, as advertised. It's not completely horrendous on ice but I would never ever buy this again. #regret
I am more of a bourbon man so I knew I was taking a chance with this.
Had a different taste that wasn't my cup of tea. Tried it twice on separate occasions and still couldn't get around the unique taste. First bottle of whiskey that I ever gave away.
Have to approach this more like a liqueur rather than a whiskey. Doing so myself, I still thought it'd only be slightly cherry - a hint if you will. No, this delivers on the cherry immensely (wife regularly has cherry juice for health, so I have a control to compare against). There really is no skimp on the cherry flavor (can't see how others have said no fruit)!
So, it's a cherry packed whiskey that drinks more like a liqueur - with a punch. With that out of the way, preconceptions should be more appropriate... and possibly allow for appreciation of the baseline spirit that holds this crafted nectar. Like nectar, it is sweet. I first enjoyed neat, then added a clear cube to admire the vibrant color. It's palatable and down right enjoyable as such if you're willing to accept that it's a sweet, cherry whiskey (not whiskey with a hint of cherry flavor - sans sweetness). I immediately thought to fall and holidays (akin to cranberry) and the copious ways to work with this like I would cranberry juice (where I'd like an alcohol addition).
First cocktail was an eclectic Boulevardier. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I do the base cocktail. While I'd prefer standard whiskey/rye, I liked the cherry play on the combination. Next I swapped Aperol in for Campari and found that equally delicious. As I write this, I realize I need to do a take on the Paper Plane - so that will come tonight.
Whether you treat this as a liqueur topper or base spirit, the flavor is potent and piercing in a way that is workable for custom enjoyment. Play around and find your style if you've already procured - or think you will soon. Enjoy nonetheless.
Great taste but it is very sweet. We ended up mixing it with Truly - Blood Orange flavored sparkling water. It knocked the sweet down some without killing the flavor much and the Truly helped keep the ABV up vs normal sparkling water.