Rob Roy 2

2 oz Blended Scotch, Johnnie Walker Black Label
1 oz Sweet vermouth, Carpano Punt e Mes
2 ds Orange bitters, Regans' orange bitters
1 twst Lemon peel
Stir Scotch, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice for 40 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the drink and drop it in.
Punt e Mes gives this variation on the classic a slightly bitter aspect. Need a strong-tasting blended Scotch, like Johnnie Walker Black with its whisps of peat, to stand up to the Punt e Mes.
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1 Comment

Not being a lover of peated

Not being a lover of peated drinks, but having an unopened 375 ml bottle of Johnny Walker Black on the shelf, I decided on a whim to try the Rob Roy 2--mostly because I like the traditional Rob Roy.

My thoughts on the drink? Not bad! Not great, but definitely not bad. The peat comes through despite the Punt e Mes, the orange bitters, and the lemon twist. People who enjoy peated cocktails will, in my opinion, enjoy this drink--especially late at night. Maybe that's why I rated it 4.0. It's now 11:20 PM, about another 40 minutes before bedtime.