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A favourite of Mad Men's Don Draper, the Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail enjoyed the world over, and now, with the help of The Handmade Cocktail Company, you can enjoy one very easily in your own home. With a recipe of rye-rich bourbon and a secret blend of bitters and orange peel, the Old Fashioned is hugely flavoursome indeed.
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: Rich, charred oak and sweet spices on the nose, with hints of blood orange marmalade and potpourri. Toasty vanillas, inviting rye-spice, lively orange zest and dried herbs.
Palate: Sweet, spicy palate entry with a thick, oily mouthfeel. Candied peels, gripping notes of oak and tart fruit. Hints of milky coffee, cedar wood and a touch of spearmint.
Finish: Long, spicy finish. Big notes of cinnamon, allspice and barrel char grip the tastebuds with lingering notes of blood orange.
Overall: A deliciously rich, spicy, intense Old-Fashioned.
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I do love an old fashioned cocktail and this pre-mix come comes real close to the real deal. I love that you ship it internationally. Thank you!
24th November 2015
Love when people stand up for them self's in the days off anonymous review posts. Oh yelpers.Keep doing what you do.xoxo Denver
30th October 2014
Hi there,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