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Ready-to-drink cocktail review: Slow and Low Old Fashioned

Posted by Jaime Fowler on

 Slow and Low ready-to-drink Old Fashioned cocktail review by The Pursuit of Cocktails

Hi cocktail lovers! I'm back, after a short delay, to review the ready-to-drink Old Fashioned cocktail Slow and Low from Hochstadter's this week. If you saw my post a few weeks ago then you saw that I originally had a tiny can of this cocktail. I loved that small little can but when I posted a sneak peek of my review the brand instantly reached out and let me know something was off with my can of Slow & Low. Like a cocktail super hero, they swooped in and sent me a full sized bottle and a ton of super awesome swag to make it right. Talk about going above and beyond! That being said, I promise I'm not going to let any of that affect my review of this pre-made cocktail.

I've been watching and interested in the Slow & Low brand for a few years. Their Instagram has a level of cool, rebel swagger that I can only dream of living. You know I love branding but I'm also always a little worried a brand with that much of an aura or lifestyle on social might be "all hat, no cattle" as my family would say. But despite all of that, I still didn't hesitate to pick it up when I finally spotted it in a store - which was a little like spotting a unicorn so I'll include a link at the bottom where you can order it online so you won't have to hunt for multiple years like I did.

So let's see! Does the cocktail inside this bottle live up to it's brand personality?

Here is my official review of the Slow and Low:

5 out of 5 cocktail shakers

I'm going to go with yes. Yes, Slow & Low does live up to their swagger in my book - which is a strong statement if you take a peek at their Instagram. I really really really wanted this to be a good cocktail and it totally is. I live for whiskey cocktails and I've been a fan of Old Fashioned's for a long time. I've ordered them at all levels of bars including some of the most hipster, underground bars you can find in Portland so I feel qualified to say - this is a damn good Old Fashioned and it has a little something extra to it that sets it apart.
I can't quite put my finger on what it is, it could be the raw honey they use or the rock candy, but this cocktail is special. And strong as all get out! The 84 proof is no lie. This is the kind of cocktail you want to drink when you are snowed in with friends or set up at a campsite with no where to go. I also think Slow & Low should be savored so don't go sharing this one with friends you only sort of like. This is the good stuff so save it for people who can truly appreciate a quality whiskey drink and who appreciate spending time with you. No fake friends should be allowed to drink your Slow & Low. 😜  (See the branding has gotten to me too! )

Sweetness

2 out of 5 cocktail shakers
One shaker = not sweet at all  // Five shakers = your teeth may curl

This ready-to-drink Old Fashioned is a touch sweeter than other Old Fashioned's I've tried. I really like the sweeter touch to this cocktail. I think it balances out the booziness really well.

The label describes this cocktail as being made with raw honey and rock candy which would explain the extra sweetness. I might not have picked up on those flavors specifically but I can definitely appreciate that there is something extra special, and sweeter, about this Old Fashioned from Slow & Low.
 

Booziness

5 out of 5 cocktail shakers
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = OG Four Lokos

Officially this one rings in at 84 proof - which might be the strongest cocktail I've reviewed to date. 

A serving of this ready-to-drink Old Fashioned cocktail according to the bottle is 1.5 ounces which is slightly more than a standard shot glass. At first I thought that seemed like barely anything. Then I took a drink and very quickly realized that an ounce of this cocktail is plenty. This cocktail is strong af!!! I love it. 

I think Slow & Low might be a half-sipping cocktail - because even a full sip is crazy strong and don't even think about gulping this down like a hard seltzer or light beer! Enjoy this one slow just like the name says.

Would I buy this ready to drink cocktail again?

Hell yes I will. And I will also be purchasing a bottle of this for all booze-worthy gifting occasions from now for any friend of mine that loves whiskey. This Old Fashioned is so good I will never consider making an Old Fashioned from scratch at home again.

And - and this is super high praise - I might even stop ordering Old Fashioned's at bars because now I love this one so much that others just won't live up to my standards now.

If you want to try Slow & Low yourself, you can order it from Drizly here and have it delivered right to your door. Plus, use promo code DRINKSLOWANDLOW for $5 off your first purchase courtesy of our very cool friends at Slow and Low.

Until next week cocktail lovers, Cheers! 

 

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