A Tumble hand-crafted by several serious-minded sippers, on an odyssey to procure the most right and proper realisation of that pinnacle of the bartender's profession... the 'Old Fashioned'

Old Fashioned Review #135  The Whiskey Jar, Tariff St, Northern Quarter, Manchester @WhiskeyJarNQ
Surpassing #134 would be a tall order. 
Ms Amber of The Whisky Jar ably undertook the challenge, mixing two uncommonly good Old Fashioneds for the General and his clergyman companion using the scarcely seen FEW bourbon, nestled in the dusty corner of the top shelf.
Few bourbon is a 3-grain mash (which we’re reliably informed is 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% barley) which the reviewers believed gave it a smooth but noticebly sweeter flavor. Aged in Minnesota oak barrels FEW hails from Evanston (near Chicago), a city that suffered Prohibition for over 100 years, but is now home to the FEW distillery which takes its name ironically from the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, the once president of the women’s Temperance Movement. 
Awarded a high score of eight and one half from ten.

Old Fashioned Review #135  The Whiskey Jar, Tariff St, Northern Quarter, Manchester @WhiskeyJarNQ

Surpassing #134 would be a tall order. 

Ms Amber of The Whisky Jar ably undertook the challenge, mixing two uncommonly good Old Fashioneds for the General and his clergyman companion using the scarcely seen FEW bourbon, nestled in the dusty corner of the top shelf.

Few bourbon is a 3-grain mash (which we’re reliably informed is 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% barley) which the reviewers believed gave it a smooth but noticebly sweeter flavor. Aged in Minnesota oak barrels FEW hails from Evanston (near Chicago), a city that suffered Prohibition for over 100 years, but is now home to the FEW distillery which takes its name ironically from the initials of Frances Elizabeth Willard, the once president of the women’s Temperance Movement. 

Awarded a high score of eight and one half from ten.

Old Fashioned Review #134  The Whiskey Jar, Tariff St, Northern Quarter, Manchester @WhiskeyJarNQ
Following a successful day’s shooting with the Reverend J Arthur Aidee, the General dismounted and retired to a comfortable chair at the bar of the Whiskey Jar, where upon Ms Hannah recommended Noah’s Mill Bourbon and satisfied the thirst of the honourable gentlemen members of the society with two fine Old Fashioned beverages. 
Smack.
Smooth, strong and flavoursome, this marvellous rare small batch bourbon was until this evening an undiscovered pleasure to the reviewers, as indeed was the agreeable Whisky Jar establishment.
After recovering their socks, the bottle was sadly soon emptied.
The General tips his hat to Noah and his Bardstown Mill and recommends the Whiskey Jar of Manchester unreservedly to the gentlemen and officers of the club.

This formidable Old Fashioned is awarded nine marks from ten.

Old Fashioned Review #134  The Whiskey Jar, Tariff St, Northern Quarter, Manchester @WhiskeyJarNQ

Following a successful day’s shooting with the Reverend J Arthur Aidee, the General dismounted and retired to a comfortable chair at the bar of the Whiskey Jar, where upon Ms Hannah recommended Noah’s Mill Bourbon and satisfied the thirst of the honourable gentlemen members of the society with two fine Old Fashioned beverages. 

Smack.

Smooth, strong and flavoursome, this marvellous rare small batch bourbon was until this evening an undiscovered pleasure to the reviewers, as indeed was the agreeable Whisky Jar establishment.

After recovering their socks, the bottle was sadly soon emptied.

The General tips his hat to Noah and his Bardstown Mill and recommends the Whiskey Jar of Manchester unreservedly to the gentlemen and officers of the club.

This formidable Old Fashioned is awarded nine marks from ten.

Old Fashioned Review #133 Room Bar, Manchester @RoomBarUK #RosesAwards
It was on the occasion of the annual Roses Creative Awards that the General and Brigadier did convene at Manchester’s Room Bar for pre dinner drinks, conversation and exploration as to the birth origins of Christopher Columbus.
The Old Fashioneds laced with Woodford Reserve that were consumed on this evening were of the highest order and only continue to solidify Room Bar as one of the finest establishments in this fair city where one can be assured of receiving a bourbon cocktail that is made with the due care and attention (and love) that one commands be attributed to any Old Fashioned making.
High marks once again Room Bar. 9/10.

Old Fashioned Review #133 Room Bar, Manchester @RoomBarUK #RosesAwards

It was on the occasion of the annual Roses Creative Awards that the General and Brigadier did convene at Manchester’s Room Bar for pre dinner drinks, conversation and exploration as to the birth origins of Christopher Columbus.

The Old Fashioneds laced with Woodford Reserve that were consumed on this evening were of the highest order and only continue to solidify Room Bar as one of the finest establishments in this fair city where one can be assured of receiving a bourbon cocktail that is made with the due care and attention (and love) that one commands be attributed to any Old Fashioned making.

High marks once again Room Bar. 9/10.

Old Fashioned Review #132  Room Bar , Manchester @RoomBarUk
The General and Sir Otis Spunkmeyer III give their unreserved recommendation to the Four Roses small batch Bourbon infused Old Fashioned, mixed by barman Mr John Jones, at Room Bar Manchester. Not too sweet, not too oaky.
Awarded 8/10

Old Fashioned Review #132  Room Bar , Manchester @RoomBarUk

The General and Sir Otis Spunkmeyer III give their unreserved recommendation to the Four Roses small batch Bourbon infused Old Fashioned, mixed by barman Mr John Jones, at Room Bar Manchester. Not too sweet, not too oaky.

Awarded 8/10

Old Fashioned Review #131  Room Bar , Manchester @RoomBarUK
The General joined society stalwart and libation companion Sir Otis Spunkmeyer III in refreshments Friday evening last and is most pleased to announce a new cocktail that he believes gentlemen readers of this journal will find of interest.
'Grounds For Divorce' is concocted of Whiskey, Tequila and Cigars and has a pale gold colour and wonderful smokey flavour.
Sir Otis and The General agree that although not technically an Old Fashioned, this fine drink was certainly complementary companion and worthy of a mention on these pages. A creation of Mr John Jones, a Old Fashioned mixologist regularly endorsed by the society, it’s good breeding will ensure those more familiar with the wonders of Bourbon and Bitters will not be disappointed.

Awarded 8/10

Old Fashioned Review #131  Room Bar , Manchester @RoomBarUK

The General joined society stalwart and libation companion Sir Otis Spunkmeyer III in refreshments Friday evening last and is most pleased to announce a new cocktail that he believes gentlemen readers of this journal will find of interest.

'Grounds For Divorce' is concocted of Whiskey, Tequila and Cigars and has a pale gold colour and wonderful smokey flavour.

Sir Otis and The General agree that although not technically an Old Fashioned, this fine drink was certainly complementary companion and worthy of a mention on these pages. A creation of Mr John Jones, a Old Fashioned mixologist regularly endorsed by the society, it’s good breeding will ensure those more familiar with the wonders of Bourbon and Bitters will not be disappointed.

Awarded 8/10

Old Fashioned Review #130  The Hawksmoor, W1 @HawksmoorLondon

WOWZER!  It is indeed a treat when a gentlemen receives the unanticipated. Members of the society, please be upstanding and welcome with incredulous applause the fabulous  ‘Full-Fat Old Fashioned’! 
Created by barman Mr Adam McGurk at Hawksmoor Air Street, this homemade butter-infused bourbon, is splendiferously smooth. (It has a soft flavour a bit like America cream soda or perhaps popcorn).  Painstakingly made over many long hours of cooking and freezing with large quantities of bourbon, clarified butter and a sous-vide machine, it’s not for the faint-hearted. 
Not being in possession of a heart, the fully satisfied General reports he enjoyed, washing down his fine steak dinner with two of them and thereafter staggered from the comfortable Art Deco environs, down the marble staircase onto Regent Street to peruse the wallet-busting brogues retailed thereabouts.
The General would’ve liked it a little stronger, but awards the revelationary Hawksmoor Full-Fat Old Fashioned a 9/10. 
Old Fashioned Review #130  The Hawksmoor, W1 @HawksmoorLondon

WOWZER!  It is indeed a treat when a gentlemen receives the unanticipated. Members of the society, please be upstanding and welcome with incredulous applause the fabulous  ‘Full-Fat Old Fashioned’! 

Created by barman Mr Adam McGurk at Hawksmoor Air Street, this homemade butter-infused bourbon, is splendiferously smooth. (It has a soft flavour a bit like America cream soda or perhaps popcorn).  Painstakingly made over many long hours of cooking and freezing with large quantities of bourbon, clarified butter and a sous-vide machine, it’s not for the faint-hearted. 

Not being in possession of a heart, the fully satisfied General reports he enjoyed, washing down his fine steak dinner with two of them and thereafter staggered from the comfortable Art Deco environs, down the marble staircase onto Regent Street to peruse the wallet-busting brogues retailed thereabouts.

The General would’ve liked it a little stronger, but awards the revelationary Hawksmoor Full-Fat Old Fashioned a 9/10. 

Old Fashioned Review #129  The Hawksmoor, W1 @HawksmoorLondon

It is the General’s pleasure to inform the gentlemen of the society that the Hawksmoor Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, is, in his humble opinion one of the finest, relaxed luncheon experiences available in the capital. 
Located between Mayfair and Soho on Air Street, The Hawksmoor not only offers a remarkable Art Deco environment, warm and attentive service and a bloody good Rump, it also reliably delivers a high quality Old Fashioned.
This robust 4 Roses Bourbon example was mixed by skilled barman Mr Adam and for its marvellous marmaladey toffee caramelness is awarded a notable 8.5/10.
Old Fashioned Review #129  The Hawksmoor, W1 @HawksmoorLondon

It is the General’s pleasure to inform the gentlemen of the society that the Hawksmoor Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, is, in his humble opinion one of the finest, relaxed luncheon experiences available in the capital. 

Located between Mayfair and Soho on Air Street, The Hawksmoor not only offers a remarkable Art Deco environment, warm and attentive service and a bloody good Rump, it also reliably delivers a high quality Old Fashioned.

This robust 4 Roses Bourbon example was mixed by skilled barman Mr Adam and for its marvellous marmaladey toffee caramelness is awarded a notable 8.5/10.

Old Fashioned Review #128  Restaurant Bar and Grill  @RBG_Manchester

Located on John Dalton Street, The Restaurant Bar & Grill is situated over three floors, with its suspended staircase leading from the long bar to a fine formal dinning restaurant and a wonderfully heated alfresco terrace bar, which offers a satisfying elevated view of the unfortunate folks below on the rainy street and a rather splendid Old Fashioned. 
The General sampled two variants from barman Mr Benjamin ~ A Maker’s Mark Bourbon mixed with Angostura Bitters and a Woodford Reserve Bourbon infused with Jerry Thomas Bitter Truth ~ preferring the latter and awarding it a score of seven and one half with an additional half point for the use of a suitably substantial Old Fashioned glass. 
The General would like club members to note his business associates and guests from Korea were made to feel most welcome and the leather booth seating, superb steak and Argentinian Malbec rounded off a most enjoyable evening.   8/10 Recommended. 
Old Fashioned Review #128  Restaurant Bar and Grill  @RBG_Manchester
Located on John Dalton Street, The Restaurant Bar & Grill is situated over three floors, with its suspended staircase leading from the long bar to a fine formal dinning restaurant and a wonderfully heated alfresco terrace bar, which offers a satisfying elevated view of the unfortunate folks below on the rainy street and a rather splendid Old Fashioned. 

The General sampled two variants from barman Mr Benjamin ~ A Maker’s Mark Bourbon mixed with Angostura Bitters and a Woodford Reserve Bourbon infused with Jerry Thomas Bitter Truth ~ preferring the latter and awarding it a score of seven and one half with an additional half point for the use of a suitably substantial Old Fashioned glass. 

The General would like club members to note his business associates and guests from Korea were made to feel most welcome and the leather booth seating, superb steak and Argentinian Malbec rounded off a most enjoyable evening.   8/10 Recommended. 

A review sent from the Rev. J Arthur Aidee

The tired and emotional reverend settles down to a quiet night in with an Old Fashioned Knob, reminding him fondly of altar boys of yore…. 9/10 for the Doubletree mixologist

A review sent from the Rev. J Arthur Aidee

The tired and emotional reverend settles down to a quiet night in with an Old Fashioned Knob, reminding him fondly of altar boys of yore…. 9/10 for the Doubletree mixologist

Old Fashioned Review #127 @RoomBarUK Manchester
The General has often pondered the benefits of pioneering a Bartender-Radar system with which to track the movements of decent chaps who can mix a good drink.
Sadly that contraption is still many years off but what is good news is that the General can reveal an event of devine influence occurred last week, when he was inexplicably drawn to Spring Gardens as if following the twitching of some ancient dowsing rod towards hidden fluid treasure…Mr John, distinguished barman and Old Fashioned mustachioed maestro of Dusk Till Pawn fame has resurfaced and can now be found in full flow in front of the bottles at Room Bar, Manchester.Elijah Craig 12 year old Old Fashioned awarded 8/10

Old Fashioned Review #127 @RoomBarUK Manchester

The General has often pondered the benefits of pioneering a Bartender-Radar system with which to track the movements of decent chaps who can mix a good drink.

Sadly that contraption is still many years off but what is good news is that the General can reveal an event of devine influence occurred last week, when he was inexplicably drawn to Spring Gardens as if following the twitching of some ancient dowsing rod towards hidden fluid treasure…

Mr John, distinguished barman and Old Fashioned mustachioed maestro of Dusk Till Pawn fame has resurfaced and can now be found in full flow in front of the bottles at Room Bar, Manchester.

Elijah Craig 12 year old Old Fashioned awarded 8/10