Rob Roy Vs Manhattan
What’s the difference?
WHEN IT COMES TO WORLD-ACCLAIMED CLASSICS, COCKTAILS LIKE THE ROB ROY AND THE MANHATTAN COCKTAIL HAVE A SOLID FANBASE.
Enter any bar around the world and you’ll be served these iconic drinks in mostly the same way: they’re both short, strong, and usually accompanied by a cherry garnish for that subtly sweet touch. So, Rob Roy Vs. Manhattan, what’s the difference?
With a similar ingredient line-up, the Manhattan and the Rob Roy have similar flavour profiles. Sweet and slightly bitter, they’re both bound to become a whisky lover’s favourite. To grant you that ultimate whisky connoisseur status, we’ve rounded up the key differences between these signature cocktail-menu staples.
The type of whisky
While their profiles are similar, the Rob Roy and the Manhattan cocktail feature slightly different ingredients. The clue is in the type of whisky: traditionally, the Rob Roy cocktail is usually made with Scotch, while a Manhattan cocktail features a rye cask whisky
The choice of whisky ultimately impacts the flavour profile of the final drink. A rye whisky will have a slightly spicy and robust flavor, making it a great match for the sweetness of the vermouth and the bitterness of the Angostura Bitters. Try Chivas Extra 13 Rye Cask – which is selectively matured in rye casks* – in our signature Manhattan cocktail recipe. On the other hand, Scotch has a smokier and more complex flavor, which can provide a more nuanced taste. Mix up a Rob Roy with Chivas 18 to bring in complex notes of dried fruits, toffee and chocolate.
From the Golden Age to the Prohibition Era, learn more about the history of the cocktail.