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 #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

Old Fashioned Review #126 @WhiskeyJarNQ Manchester
It was on the occasion of the Brigadier’s belated 40th birthday celebrations that he stepped out of the cold and into Manchester’s Whiskey Jar situated in the Northern Quarter. Coming upon this establishment was by pure chance however as the Brigadier and entourage were refused entry to Kosmonaut by a rather stern gentleman who had poor decision making skills.
Kosmonaut’s loss, however, was The Whiskey Jar’s gain. And The Society is pleased to report that the Old Fashioned making skills of this establishment are of the highest order. The Woodford Reserve laced drinks as shown in this picture were strong and smooth and rank upon the best available in this Northern City. The Society has therefore a great deal of respect for this bar and can assure the owners this will not be our last visit. Sadly for Kosmonaut they have lost both our respect and custom thanks to their poor choice of door man.
Well done The Whiskey Jar 9/10.

Old Fashioned Review #126 @WhiskeyJarNQ Manchester

It was on the occasion of the Brigadier’s belated 40th birthday celebrations that he stepped out of the cold and into Manchester’s Whiskey Jar situated in the Northern Quarter. Coming upon this establishment was by pure chance however as the Brigadier and entourage were refused entry to Kosmonaut by a rather stern gentleman who had poor decision making skills.

Kosmonaut’s loss, however, was The Whiskey Jar’s gain. And The Society is pleased to report that the Old Fashioned making skills of this establishment are of the highest order. The Woodford Reserve laced drinks as shown in this picture were strong and smooth and rank upon the best available in this Northern City. The Society has therefore a great deal of respect for this bar and can assure the owners this will not be our last visit. Sadly for Kosmonaut they have lost both our respect and custom thanks to their poor choice of door man.

Well done The Whiskey Jar 9/10.

Old Fashioned Review #125 @TrofNQ Manchester
Today the Old Fashioned Society welcomes Captain Simms into the fold with his first review for The Old Fashioned Society. He is new to the land of The Old Fashioned, as stated in his short contribution to his photograph above:

Stumbling up some stairs mid-way through the evening, I found myself in the pleasant surroundings of this charming bar. A quick pit-stop turned into a couple of hours spent chasing beers with unusual bourbons. Nice!
Indeed, nice work Captain Simms and many thanks for your contribution.

Old Fashioned Review #125 @TrofNQ Manchester

Today the Old Fashioned Society welcomes Captain Simms into the fold with his first review for The Old Fashioned Society. He is new to the land of The Old Fashioned, as stated in his short contribution to his photograph above:

Stumbling up some stairs mid-way through the evening, I found myself in the pleasant surroundings of this charming bar. A quick pit-stop turned into a couple of hours spent chasing beers with unusual bourbons. Nice!

Indeed, nice work Captain Simms and many thanks for your contribution.

Old fashioned review #124 Bar @thisisgorilla Manchester 
Two goodly Old Fashioneds were procured by The Brigadier for himself and The General at Manchester’s Gorilla Bar on a Monday eve. Now, as member’s of The Society will undoubtedly agree, it’s not usually the practice of a true Gentleman to indulge in one’s love of Bourbon on a ‘school night’, but there were two reasons why on this particular evening it was acceptable.
The first was that The Brigadier had just returned from travels in The Far East, and had many tales to tell of strange lands and customs. 
Secondly, this evening had seen members of The Society entertained by one Mr Bill Callahan of the United States of America who showcased songs from his latest Long Player ‘Dream River’ at Manchester’s Ritz.
Members of The Society were impressed that the Barman at Gorilla Bar produced two very fine and strong old Fashioneds laced with Woodford Reserve. The drinks provided a fitting end to the night, and were reflective of tonight’s performance by Bill Callahan by being of exceptional quality.
A score of 9/10 is therefore bestowed on this bar.

Old fashioned review #124 Bar @thisisgorilla Manchester 

Two goodly Old Fashioneds were procured by The Brigadier for himself and The General at Manchester’s Gorilla Bar on a Monday eve. Now, as member’s of The Society will undoubtedly agree, it’s not usually the practice of a true Gentleman to indulge in one’s love of Bourbon on a ‘school night’, but there were two reasons why on this particular evening it was acceptable.

The first was that The Brigadier had just returned from travels in The Far East, and had many tales to tell of strange lands and customs. 

Secondly, this evening had seen members of The Society entertained by one Mr Bill Callahan of the United States of America who showcased songs from his latest Long Player ‘Dream River’ at Manchester’s Ritz.

Members of The Society were impressed that the Barman at Gorilla Bar produced two very fine and strong old Fashioneds laced with Woodford Reserve. The drinks provided a fitting end to the night, and were reflective of tonight’s performance by Bill Callahan by being of exceptional quality.

A score of 9/10 is therefore bestowed on this bar.