Old fashioned review #101, Mercure Hotel, Piccadilly, Manchester
After the celebrations and back slapping of Old Fashioned #100, this unfortunate review was almost struck out for a duck before we had begun.
Now we grant you, industry awards events are not renoun for their ability to provide refined entertainment or refreshments. And the hotels typically selected as venues for such gatherings do tend to disappoint when it comes to the stocking of basic bar requirements like Bitters and Bourbon. So last Thursday evening when the General placed his Old Fashioned order, he wasn’t expecting much in the way of a success.
As expected, the waitress returned with her glum news. “The Barman is terribly sorry Sir. He has no Bourbon. But he does have Canadian Club. Would that alternative be acceptable?”
Indeed it would! CC being a blended whisky with a high Rye content and this being an advertising event an all the General suddenly found himself coming over all Don-Drapperish and a little astounded at his unexpected good fortune.
The society is pleased to report that the drink was surprisingly bloody good and appologises for the blue illuminations in the pictogram ( apparently they go in for that sort of thing at that sort of thing )
7.5 /10 awarded.