Wild and refined

Paper Plane, Block Butcher Bar

Illustration by serene lusano

With so much fine whiskey to choose from, it seems odd to order a cocktail at Block Butcher Bar. But one night, I tried a drink called the Paper Plane ($10). It starts with Bulleit Bourbon, a high rye whiskey with flavors of dry cereal and hay—extremely smooth and palatable to even brown brew avoiders. It's topped off with Amaro Montenegro, a terribly herbaceous liqueur that on its own is a bit much but is lovely when mixed. Aperol and lemon add a bit of fruit to finish. This concoction of both wild and refined flavors comes off surprisingly sweet and matches well with Block's menu of pickled veggies and cured meats. 1050 20th Street, www.blockbutcherbar.com.