And sometimes we drink a whiskey drink.
The Character (Art of the Bar)
- 2 oz Highland Single-Malt (Tomatin 10-year)
- 1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 dash anisette (sub Herbsaint)
Stir with ice, strain into an oversized glass. Spike an orange peel with a clove, flame it over the cocktail, then drop it in.
Simple spirit-and-wine jobbie, nothing to complain about, but nothing to celebrate.
Not as good as the Arnaud’s Special, but better than a Rob Roy. Honestly, I find Rob Roys (and Bobby Burnses) a bit cloying; the Character beats them handily with the citrus and strong bitterness of the Cocchi. Unfortunately, it stops short of greatness because of a lack of rapport between the scotch and the Cocchi. The wine doesn’t really support the clean, mild smoke and grain of a nice Highland in the same way as Dubonnet Rouge – or a simple Improved Cocktail scaffold of Peychaud’s and absinthe – does.