Since moving to Slum Castle in September, David and I have enjoyed exploring all the glorious splendors that the Cambridge restaurant scene has to offer. Last night, we stopped in Catalyst for a bite to eat and a couple drinks with our friends Coco and Tobi. I was really pleased with the ambiance of a space, which seemed an effortless marriage between comfortable industrialism and environmental chic. The food was delicious and the drinks were well-balanced and thoughtfully crafted.
I started the evening with a drink from the cocktail list, which is something I rarely do, because the Toronto (rye whiskey, fernet, house bitters) caught my eye. Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, I found it a little too sweet for my savory taste, so I ordered my staple: a Manhattan. The drinks are a nice, manageable size (they refrain from filling the cocktail to the brim so you don’t slosh it all over your dry-clean only sweater on its trip to your mouth- thank goodness!) and I ordered my first Manhattan with Old Overholt and the second with Rowan’s Creek, after which I decided to drink my whiskey properly, i.e. straight. Now, my go-to whiskey is usually Jameson or Blanton’s, but the Jameson well had run dry and the bartender suggested I try something different- namely High West Silver Whiskey, an unaged whiskey that, as the name suggests, is silver rather than amber in color. The initial impact of the High West was more forward than your typical aged whiskey and the taste was brighter and more refreshing (though the color may have impacted my brain to perceive it as such). Overall I found it to be an interesting change for my palate and am looking forward to trying it again.
I’m also quite pleased to count High West Silver Whiskey among my whiskey acquaintances because I’ve always dreamed of having a white party but have been perplexed as to what to serve my dark spirited friends. Now I can still serve the whiskey drinkers whiskey (Silver Manhattans- yum yum!), while the tequila lovers and vodka sippers have their drinks, too! And for all you wine drinkers, you will have to drink Grappa or Champagne at my white party. Sorry, but rules are rules and last I heard, there is no such thing as white Pinot Noir.