Awards for Old Fashioned 2013
Old Fashioned 2013 Details
(English Pre-Bottled Cocktails)
(The Handmade Cocktail Company)
Also from The Handmade Cocktail Company
Old Fashioned 2013
Bottled in 2013, this is a vintage, handmade Old Fashioned Cocktail based on a superb 9 year old small batch bourbon with a very high rye content. To this a secret blend of bitters and orange peel is added, and the result is buttery, spicy, zesty and rich.
The concept of the ‘Vintage Cocktail’ range is simple – you get all the ingredients for a superb cocktail pre-mixed, all you have to do is pour it over ice, stir, then strain off into your glass and garnish (in this instance with a slice of fresh orange peel). Each bottle carries a stamp showing its year of manufacture.
To serve, simply fill a tumbler with ice, pour in a large measure of The Old Fashioned Cocktail, stir, and add a twist of orange peel (expressed over the glass).
Nose: Spiced, zesty aromas. Hints of marmalade, allspice, dried herbs and cocoa.
Palate: Rye spice and linseed oil, hints of orange peel, sweet cinnamon and dark chocolate. Creamy caramel, vanilla and potpourri.
Finish: Bittersweet finish with orange peel, fragrant woods and hints of rum spice.
Overall: A perfect Old Fashioned cocktail just became easier to make!
Love when people stand up for them self's in the days off anonymous review posts. Oh yelpers.
Keep doing what you do.
30th October 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to submit a review, and we're very sad that you didn't enjoy the cocktail. Do please email customer services and we'll happily replace the bottle with something that's more to your taste.
Just to pick you up on a couple of points here though:
1) We don't use syrup. The only sweetening agent is pure, natural (crystallized) cane sugar. The sort of stuff that gets made into sugar cubes.
2) There's no suggestion that one should just "pour it into a glass of ice and drink". The suggestion is to pour it over ice, and stir (briefly) before drinking. The brevity of the stirring is obviously a matter of personal preference. I like my old-fashioneds quite potent, but realise that many other people like more dilution.
Finally - on a purely subjective note, I can completely understand why you wouldn't enjoy the base bourbon if Woodford Reserve's a favourite (an *exceptional* bourbon BTW - good shout). The base we've used for this is significantly higher in rye, spicier, and whilst it's actually older, it's also pretty 'punchy'. Like I said - completely subjective, I can totally understand why it wasn't your cup of tea, and we'd be more than happy to replace the bottle for you - I'm just sorry that it didn't measure up to your expectations.
Ben @ Master of Malt
9th June 2014
Very angry about the money I wasted on this bilgewater. Do not buy this if you like old fashioneds. The base bourbon is not particularly nice, their 'secret blend' is not in any way complimentary, and they've substituted a sugar cube for a bucketload of simple syrup, making it oversweet and gloopy.
The suggestion on the back of just pouring it into a glass of ice and drinking is offensive to anyone who has ever had or made an old fashioned. This is not how old fashioneds are made. Follow the instructions only if you want a glass of neat tainted bourbon.
Do yourself a favour and do not go near this stuff with a bargepole, the same money will buy you a bottle of orange bitters and a bottle of Woodford Reserve.
2nd June 2014