Nose: Rich stewed fruits and rye spice contribute to an integrated nose with herbal, almost creamy depth and well-measured bitters. Grabbed straight from the fridge and poured into a glass with no garnish, this is nothing short of stunning.
Palate: Sweet, herbal and utterly luxurious. More spice from the bourbon alongside honeyed notes, beeswax, rosemary and blackcurrant.
Finish: Very long, sweet, fruity and spicy finish. Black forest fruits and vanilla linger the longest.
Overall: The Candlelit Manhattan exemplifies the ingenuity of Mr Lyan and his ability to take classic cocktails and send them into the stratosphere.