Ready To Drink Cocktails

REPOST: thefiftybest.com 2020

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 71 Ready-to-Drink (RTD) cocktails with ten members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. The RTD cocktails were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at well-chilled. Additional ice cubes were made available to the judges, to add at their discretion. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Dashfire Fig & Cascara Manhattan Cocktail
(Rye Whiskey, Sherry, Bitters) 38% ABV

Palate: Dark cherries, orange peel, caramel notes, vanilla, nutmeg, lightly spicy, pepper, black pepper, Angostura bitters, red vermouth, smoky, woody, balanced, great blend of whiskey & sweet vermouth, great flavor throughout, well made, authentic Manhattan, the real deal on ice.

Dashfire Elderflower Martinez Cocktail
(Gin, Sherry, Elderflower Liqueur) 38% ABV

Palate: Clear gin, juniper, botanicals, floral, solid elderflower, ginger, candied flowers, caramel notes, highly fragrant, strong flavors, very rich, complex, unusual, high quality, an authentic mixed cocktail experience, a nice cocktail, delicious.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Dashfire Chai White Russian Cocktail
(Vodka, cream, chai bitters) 17% ABV

Palate: Vodka, vanilla, creamy vanilla, heavy cream, creamy, latte, cake, chai, ginger, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cinnamon stick, dessert spice, not too sweet, nice balance, a great cocktail.

Dashfire Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail
(Bourbon whiskey & bitters) 38% ABV

Palate: Bourbon, cherry, Maraschino cherry, Red Hots, brown sugar, caramel, orange, bright orange peel, lemon peel, hint of anise, great bitters, Angostura bitters, bitter notes, oaky, cedar, well balanced, great blend of whiskey & fruit, a great cocktail, perfect Old Fashioned.

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