You’re a serious spirits firm with some well-known manufacturers in your portfolio, and you recognize persons are going to make cocktails out of them. What do you do? Why, you launch them as ready-to-drink variations, in fact. Brown-Forman isn’t any stranger to the RTD bandwagon — its Old Forester Mint Julep is an on the spot winner — and with its new line of half-bottle pour-and-go cocktails it’s upping the ante. Right now we take a look at two of them — each bottled vaguely beneath the “Up or Over” model — and each made with well-known names and able to be served over ice with nothing greater than an elective garnish.
Up or Over Outdated Forester Ginger Citrus Outdated Common – RTD cocktails don’t get a lot easier than the Outdated Common, which is mainly whiskey, sugar, and bitters. Right here OldFo will get fancy with a “ginger citrus” component, although what which means is rarely totally defined. It’s a reputable Outdated Common, although nothing you couldn’t beat by yourself with 60 seconds and a modicum of talent. The sugar is balanced, the whiskey is okay, and the citrus feels gentle however current. A tiny trace of ginger creeps in on the end, although I discover it veers extra towards banana because it fades out. Bizarre, however really not dangerous in any respect. 57 proof. B+ / $17 (375ml)
Up or Over Herradura Premium Margarita – Margarita, sure. Premium, not a lot. This has marg-credibility on the entire, but it surely’s undone by a barely synthetic lime be aware and a chemical aftertaste that feels off-putting. Even the tequila affect up prime doesn’t really feel as immersive as one would count on from Herradura, with a syrupy lime be aware taking the reins briefly order. Sharp and questionably balanced all through, you are able to do higher by yourself. 30 proof. B- / $20 (375ml)
Up or Over Outdated Forester Ginger Citrus Outdated Common