The past two trips to a major liquor store, about three weeks ago and today, I've been told that Buffalo Trace is having distribution problems. They've created a priority list and the distributors/stores near the top of the list continue to get Buffalo Trace. When the Buffalo Trace runs out, no name remaining on the list gets any bottles.
So here's my question: What bourbon should I consider as a substitute for Manhattans? (When I want to sip bourbon straight, I pour Woodford Reserve.)
Buffalo Trace costs about about $30. I'd rather not pay much more than that.
If it will influence your recommendation, my version of a Manhattan calls for...
... 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
... 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth (typically Dolin Rouge --
recently Carpano Antica)
... two dashes of Angostura bitters
... two maraschino cherries that have been sitting in a mixture of the jar juice mixed with added bourbon or rye.