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Canned cocktail review: Tip Top Manhattan

Tip Top Proper Cocktails Manhattan review by The Pursuit of CocktailsWhiskey is my Valentine  

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day with out a crush right? This year I'm crushing on Tip Top Cocktails something fierce! This is my second Tip Top cocktail experience and to say I've been looking forward to it would be an understatement. The fine folks at Tip Top sent me all three of their tiny but damn strong cocktails to try. I tried their Old Fashioned a few weeks ago. It was amazing! You can read my full review here.

Ever since trying that first one I've been dying to get back to try the next one. I was originally planning to review it last week but I got sick and I didn't think I could take a 62 proof cocktail when I could barely breath. I was super disappointed! But this week I'm on the mend and I've been looking forward to Thursday night all week. Generally I do my cocktail tasting on Thursday night while catching up on my Hulu. It's my thing and I love it but this week was extra special because of this little can. Let's just say I was pretty relaxed by the end of "This Is Us."

So how did the Tip Top Manhattan taste? Let's dig into it. 

Canned cocktail review of Tip Top's Manhattan

Here is my official review of Tip Top Proper Cocktails Manhattan:

Four cocktail shakers 

This is a damn fine whiskey cocktail. The ONLY reason I'm not giving it the full five-cocktail-shakers is that I personally don't love the dry, slightly bitter nature of Manhattan's. This is however the best Manhattan I've ever had. 

Tip Top Proper Cocktails really lives up to their name. This is such a quality cocktail that I have trouble believing it came from a can - and you know I've tried A LOT of canned cocktails at this point. Now, I don't actually know how they make this and package it into the tiny cans but in my imagination, there is a bearded hipster mixologist with nerdy glasses and fancy suspenders mixing each one of these, doing their full cocktail shaker flair routine, and then pouring it into each can one by one. How else could there be such a fresh, craft cocktail inside? Go try one. You'll see what I mean.

 

Sweetness

One cocktail shaker
One shaker = not sweet at all  // Five shakers = your teeth may curl

I really need a zero-cocktail-shakers graphic, actually, a negative sweetness graphic might be more appropriate for this canned cocktail.

The Tip Top Manhattan is exactly how a Manhattan should be. It is not at all sweet. It's actually slightly bitter. If you are expecting a touch of sweetness because this is a whiskey drink, you won't find it in this Manhattan.

Booziness


Five cocktail shakers
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = Four Lokos

Officially this one rings in 31% ABV or 62 proof. That is right up there. For comparison, last week's hard seltzer - which is the hardest seltzer I've tried so far - is 5%. So yeah, this is another super strong cocktail in a tiny little can from Tip Top.

Would I buy this ready to drink cocktail again?

    I would definitely buy these to take to a party so I can impress people with a super legit whiskey drink. Although I personally prefer the Tip Top Old Fashioned because it is a little sweeter, if you love a Manhattan, you won't find a better pre-made version in my opinion.

    I have one more Tip Top canned cocktail to try - their Negroni - and I can't WAIT to pop it open. Keep your eyes out for that one in a few weeks.

    And if you are dying to try these whiskey cocktails from Tip Top you can find them on their website here.

    Have you tried any of the Tip Top Proper Cocktails Manhattan little bitty canned cocktails? What did you think? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section. The more opinions the better! Let's "drink together" and share our cocktail stories. 

     

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