Kentucky Winter Old Fashioned
£13.00 – £27.00
The oldest and most popular cocktail of all time, an old-fashioned is everything a great cocktail should be, strong and simple, yet balanced to perfection.
In our gold medal winning version, we’ve blended the smoothness of bourbon with the spiciness of rye, both distilled from authentic family-run traditions in the birthplace where it all began, Kentucky. Finished off with a rich, dark sugar, our own bitters blend and a hint of orange peel.
As a mixologist, you don’t approach the Old Fashioned lightly. It’s an intensely difficult one to get right, despite it’s simplicity, and one that is very unforgiving of mistakes.
It’s because of this, that this is the cocktail we have gone through the most number of batches with, well above five hundred recipes. When you think of how many different whiskeys there are, finding the perfect one is a long, troublesome road.
The Old Fashioned was the immaculate conception of mixology, invented when a bartender combined whiskey, bitters, and sugar for the first time, and called it a ‘cocktail.’ American pilgrims brought with them from Ireland their knowledge of distillation, but wheat didn’t grow as well as rye in the new world, so American rye whiskey was born.
Over time, whiskey fell out of fashion, demonised by the US government, but it was rediscovered after WWII, when the state of Kentucky heavily subsidised corn crops, to promote farming. Ironically, this led to a revolution – a new type of American whiskey, using a corn mash bill – soon to be known as Bourbon.
To honour the heritage of nearly a century of American craft distillers, we’ve blended a mellow family-produced bourbon, made from red winter wheat, with an original spicy rye; both from the traditional heartland of whiskey, Kentucky. At Tom Savano, we cherish old-fashioned family values – and they’re immortalised in the very name of this famous classic.
To finish it off, we had to find the right dark sugar that would support and enhance the whiskey, not dominate it, as well as blending a signature bitters blend to give just the right bite and woodiness to the drink.
Get ready for an afternoon on the porch, at the end of a long Kentucky fall harvest. Put your feet up, watch the sun slowly set across the fields, and take a slow sip of the most iconic and memorable cocktail you’ll ever taste.
But don’t ever, ever let us catch you putting a maraschino cherry in one of our Old Fashioneds. You barbarian.
Available in 200ml and 500ml bottles. Serving size 100ml.
|Dimensions||6 × 6 × 15.7 cm|