When pouring the small bottle into my glass of ice, the aroma of the signature bitters overwhelmed me, this was quite promising. My first sip was strong, just how I liked it. As I kept tasting the Old Fashioned Sweet, the flavor dwindled. I like that the drink is still light and fizzy, not heavy full of syrup. However, the bitters didn't seem so strong in this bottle. The drink lacks dimension found in a freshly hand-muddled version. Still, this drink far surpasses several old fashioneds I have previously reviewed here and went down quickly and smoothly. I didn't experience the same after taste as I did with the Sour version, which leaves me to believe that it was as I had thought, I might just not be used to drinking whiskey in that manner.
On first impression, I would probably stick with the whiskey sour version, as I recall it had more depth and more bitters, but would not hesitate finishing off the 6 pack of sweet. (Although, I will probably share). Overall, both were a pleasant experience and look forward to tasting more from Arty's. I can understand why their Facebook page is booming with requests (So Co versions, 12-packs, where to buy). I reached out to Arty's with a few questions for this blog and I was impressed by their almost-immediate response. Arty's plans on releasing a Whiskey Old Fashioned Sweet at the beginning of 2013 and per their Facebook page, later next year offer a Brandy Slush version. They also noted in the email that " Over the next 12 - 18 months we hope to roll out an additional 6 craft cocktails," however, they did not mention exactly what would be offered.
And for those keeping count:
Nutritional Facts for Wisconsin Brandy or Whiskey Old-Fashioned
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Arty's - The New/Old Fashioned