Jack Daniel’s and Super Lyan Release A ‘How-To’ Guide on Kegged Cocktails With Nitro Legacy Handbook

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Forever at the forefront of trends, the team at Super Lyan led by Ryan Chetiyawardana, started to explore kegged cocktails many years ago. Fast forward five years and meet the Tennessee Nitro Martini – one of the bar’s signature drinks – created with Jack Daniel’s and the first espresso martini in the world to be served on tap. Following the success of their subsequent, ground-breaking Tennessee Nitro Tours in 2018 and the Tennessee Calling competitions, inspired by the mentorship of Jasper ‘Jack’ Daniel by Dan Call and
Master Distiller Nearest Green, Jack Daniel’s and Super Lyan have reunited to create a kegged cocktail manual to share their knowledge used to create the iconic, super consistent Tennessee Nitro Martini serve.

KEG-AS-CRAFT
The cocktail on draft doesn’t have to compromise on quality as long as it’s done properly. Robin Honhold’s Tennessee Nitro Martini combined Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
with a homemade cola syrup and Sandows Cold Brew Coffee, before being pulled through a nitrous keg system for a soft, effervescent texture reminiscent of Guinness. Served in a coupe and finished with a spritz of bergamot, the result is a creamy, complex cocktail that can be served ‘at break-neck speed’. The use of this pioneering technology means that, as well as a high quality, consistent serve; the resulting cocktail is sustainable and waste-free.

STEP-BY-STEP
The Nitro Legacy Handbook has been exclusively created for bartenders across the UK who want to install their own cocktail taps – giving their customers a new experience whilst delivering consistently great cocktails quickly. This 20-page manual has been designed to demystify the skills needed and educate bartenders on the steps required to design and install the system, as well as the process of producing prebatched kegged recipes across three main categories – straight carbonation, fluffy, velvety nitrogen and non-fizzy drinks – all determined by your choice of gas, pressure and serving nozzle.

EDUCATION AND MENTORSHIP
Frank McGivern, UK Advocacy Manager at Brown Forman comments “It has been incredible to experience the reaction to the Tennessse Nitro Martini via our UK tour over the last year and we look forward to continuing to support the on-trade community through mentorship and education with this one of a kind manual. Super Lyan’s commitment to innovation, consistency and quality has made this a natural partnership for Jack Daniel’s and we are excited to share our knowledge of kegged cocktails with UK bartenders.”

Ryan Chetiyawardana, founder of Super Lyan says “Consistency and quality are two of the core principles that Super Lyan was founded upon, and we are passionate about sharing the processes and knowledge we have refined with Jack Daniel’s through the Nitro Legacy Handbook.”

Demonstrating the mentorship and education that Jack Daniel’s has continued to pioneer, the Nitro Legacy Handbook will provide guidance to those who want to install a tap in their own venues and leverage the kegged trend to deliver consistent, quality cocktails to their guests. A limited run of hard copies will be available, as well as a digital edition which will be hosted online for download. The Tennessee Nitro Martini tour will continue in 2019 with European dates confirmed from March.

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Super Lyan And Jack Daniel’s Launch Tennessee Nitro Tours

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This spring and summer London-based cocktail bar Super Lyan will be visiting cities across the UK with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey for the Tennessee Nitro Tours. In honour of Super Lyan’s innovative cocktail the Tennessee Nitro Martini, which was the first of its kind when it launched, the team will be collaborating with local, like-minded bars. For one night only at each stop, Super Lyan will be behind the bar allowing cocktail
fans across the UK to sample the Tennessee Nitro Martini as part of a special Jack Daniel’s cocktail menu. Kicking off in Manchester on 20th March at Peggy’s, Super Lyan will then go on to visit Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Belfast and do a bar takeover in its home city of London.

Super Lyan is the third venue from internationally renowned and multi-award winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan. A basement bar in Hoxton, it takes seemingly familiar classic cocktails and spruces them up with a touch of Lyan magic, with sustainability a key focus.

The Tennessee Nitro Martini is one of the bar’s signature drinks, and takes the espresso martini to the next level. It combines Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey with a homemade cola syrup and Sandows Cold Brew Coffee, which is then pulled through a nitrous keg system for a soft, effervescent texture reminiscent of Guinness. Served in a coupe and finished with a spritz of bergamot, the result is a creamy, complex cocktail that can be served extra quick. The first cocktail of its kind to use such technology, it also means the cocktail can be kegged making it sustainable, and was at the forefront of the eco-friendly cocktail trend.

In each city Super Lyan will be partnering with a bar which took part in last year’s Tennessee Calling programme, and will be working with the local team to develop a menu for the evening. Alongside the Tennessee Nitro Martini there will also be cocktails such as the Chattanooga Cooler and a special serve from the host bar. The line-up currently includes:

March – Peggy’s Bar in Manchester
April – Bramble in Edinburgh
May – Hedonist Project in Leeds
June – Filter & Fox in Liverpool
July – Callooh Callay in London
Belfast –to be announced soon…

Follow @super.lyan on Instagram for further details of dates and locations.

They’re Back . . . . . Again

The Liverpool Sessions
*TRADE ONLY*

After an 8 month hiatus, The London Sessions are back. This time they’re taking to the streets (and bars) of Liverpool for what they’re pretty sure is their 28th session… It’s hard to keep track. From 12pm – 4pm on October 26th, you’ll be treated to three sessions in one day alongside BBQ and cocktails courtesy of Jack Daniel’s, with a not-so-little announcement at the end. Sound familiar? Think Glasgow 2016. Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Gary Regan, Ivy Mix, and Dale DeGroff, they’re proud to introduce their speakers – Erik Lorincz, JJ Goodman & Cam Dawson, speaking on Creativity, Entrepreneurialism, Consistency and Quality.

No stranger to the sessions, this will be Erik’s third session with them and you know what they say about third time lucky. As well as being one of the most charming and charismatic people, Erik is the current (11th) Head Bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy and has picked up two coveted Spirited Awards for Best International Bartender 2011 and Best International Bar Team 2016, and was shortlisted for Best International Bartender 2017 (he was robbed). Erik recently flexed his creative muscles to launch his own line of cocktail shakers with Tetsuya Yokoyam ‘Birdy by Erik Lorincz’ and when he’s not behind the bar he can be found presenting on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube, or traveling the world. Honestly, we can’t keep track. Accordingly, Erik’s session will be centered around Creativity.

Next up, as seen on TV…. JJ Goodman opened his first bar at the age of 24 in 2008 and has since opened seven cocktail bars under the London Cocktail Club umbrella, so who better to conduct our talk on entrepreneurialism? A seasoned professional, JJ won Best Bartender at the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in 2008, is one of London Lifestyle Award’s 50 Most Influential People and was named as one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2009. JJ won the BBC TV show The Restaurant which secured him a business partnership with BBC Dragon Sarah Willingham and Chef Raymond Blanc OBE. When he’s not busy running his empire, JJ works alongside The Prince’s Trust, Springboard UK and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), aiming to develop a community resource within the hospitality industry. Smart and Charitable, what more could you want?

Last but not least, Cam Dawson’s ten year career in the drinks industry has seen him work in a variety of Pubs, Clubs and Cocktail Bars around the world. Although originally from Stirling in Scotland, Cam learned his trade in Perth, Australia before returning to his adoptive home of Brighton, where he works as the Jack Daniel’s UK Brand Ambassador. In short, there’s nothing he doesn’t know about JD and the half a billion bottles maturing in Lynchburg as we speak. Have a burning question? This is your opportunity to ask it. Cam’s session will focus on consistency and quality.

As always, sessions are free to attend but are strictly RSVP only. RSVP’s open on Monday September 11th from midday. Email rebekkah@rebekkahdooley.com to secure your space. Remember, sessions book up quick, so set your alarms, pull an all nighter, or be smart and schedule an email. Whatever you need to do.

Hard Rock Cafe Want To Spritz Up Your Summer!

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Hard Rock Cafe have brought out their latest cocktail creations for the Summer season, focusing on the ever-popular Spritz, twisting them with familiar names such as Bombay Sapphire, Jack Daniel’s, Grey Goose and Chambord.

Kick-start with my personal favourite of the ‘Jack and Diane’ that see’s Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 combined with Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and topped with lemonade for a bold hit of whiskey and orange. A close second for me is the ‘Chambord Supernova’ that see’s Chambord blended with St Germaine elderflower and topped with Prosecco, soda and a lemon twist. Rich, refreshing and offers a long finish!

A fantastic Grey Goose offering in ‘Good Limes, Bad Limes’ is available, showing the flavours of St Germaine elderflower, fresh limes, Prosecco and soda, whilst the ‘Thyme Warp’ offers a highlight of the Bombay Sapphire experience with fresh lemon juice and tonic, with a sprig of thyme to bring out the fresh aromas.

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The two other Bombay Sapphire creations include ‘Gin Ginie’ that see’s the bolder profiles of Chambord mixed with the British gin and bitter lemon, topped with a sprig of mint, whilst the ‘My Gineration’ focuses on the gin with orange juice, tonic and plenty of orange peel for garnish.

Six refreshing serves, priced between £9.45 and £9.95, served up, if you wish, within a Hard Rock souvenir mason jar (for £11.80) whilst rocking out in the sunshine (or what’s left of it) on their terrace. And if you’ve ever read my previous features on Hard Rock Cafe’s food offerings, you’ll know you can make an afternoon of it!

Jack & Diane with a Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger for me. I’ll see you at the bar.

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Beyond Bourbon: The Global Thirst for American Whiskey

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-American-whiskey.com on the category’s staggering growth and the reasons behind it-

The facts:

On the rocks, in the mix, classic and complex – the multifaceted American whiskey category has enjoyed continuous global market growth over the last five years, increasing by 12% a year since 2009.
*Distilled Spirits Council of the US, 2015

Exports to overseas markets such as the U.K., Canada, and Germany have more than doubled in the past decade, from $743 million in 2005 to a projected $1.56 billion last year.
*The Drinks Business 2015

The US whiskey market has seen rocketing sales in the past decade with bourbon production alone growing by more than 150%.
*Distilled Spirits Council of the US, 2015

And while bourbon is the most popular and well-known variant of American whiskey, it most certainly isn’t the only option when considering a foray into the world of American whiskey; with three additional main taste profiles available to the consumer including Tennessee, Rye and Corn.

American-whiskey.com, which brings Brown Forman’s portfolio within the category to life by educating spirit drinkers on the heritage and versatility of the liquid; largely attributes American Whiskey’s continuous success to ‘being in the right place at the right time.’

Wider international trends around innovation and craft, premiumisation, and revivalism, along with a wider understanding as to ‘how to enjoy American whiskey’, have naturally come to the category – which has supported a cultural shift in perceptions and attitudes.

The reasons:

The mixology trend: The growth of the premium cocktail market, along with influential bartenders championing bourbon and rye as mixers, have played a large part in inspiring consumers to understand where and how they can enjoy their whiskey, their way.

American-inspired cuisine: The increased popularity in American whiskey coincides with the rising appeal of American-inspired cuisine. The proliferation of upscale, authentic burger and rib eateries, along with the growing premium casual dining scene – think street food markets, trucks and pop-ups; offers the consumer a more accessible and credible opportunity to enjoy American whiskey.

Pop culture and television: The popularity of television shows such as Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire has been beneficial to American whiskey; both of which introduced classic American serves and golden age cocktails to new audiences, while giving whisky brands the ability to contemporize and modernize with credibility.

This trend has been further echoed in the UK with the opening of nostalgic, ‘speak easy’ style bars across London including Night Jar, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and The Vault, hidden behind a bookshelf in London’s oldest whisky shop.

Craft, heritage and authenticity: Platforms such as American-whiskey.com provide the wider story behind the craft of America’s four whiskey taste profiles, offering intrigue and reason for consumers to learn about, and grow with, what they are drinking.

Taking this to the next level is the rise of ‘Bourbon Tourism,’ with increasing visitors from all 50 states and 50 countries across the world flocking to Kentucky to follow the Bourbon Trail and learn about its heritage.

Innovation and flavor variants: Making it easier for a younger generation to join the category, American whisky producers have been willing to add flavoured whiskeys to their collections, which has in the past been avoided by the whisky industry.

This trend is part of the broader growth in popularity of flavoured spirits, producing milder tastes, more accessible to younger drinkers and increasing their prominence in cocktails.

Prime examples of this are Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire.

Entry level and broad appeal: The whisky category is set-up with a consumer journey of clear stepping-stones. A drinker can enter with a familiar brand and a mixer and evolve through a range of brands’ age-statement products over time, to more premium and occasion led serves.

Furthermore, American whisky offers broad appeal and broad usage. In stark contrast to the likes of vodka and gin, American whisky offers drinkers a substantial spectrum of price range and taste profiles. These spectrums are populated with brands that range from the artisan to the supermarket staple; all of which are great for gifting, seen as luxury, personalized and with a level of connoisseur; all playing on wider popular, social trends.

Social Media: The proliferation of social media has also helped push American whiskey into the mainstream.

From big brand players to craft innovators, American whiskey’s international popularity shows no sign of slowing.

Jack Daniel’s Manchester Select #2 Launches

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One of Manchester’s favourite whisky dens, The Britons Protection, hosted another rather special evening in their 200 plus years of existence. Jack Daniel’s, one of the world’s most famous brands, offer a service where you can purchase a Single Reserve barrel, and to add to their impressive 320 expressions of whisky, over 20 of them Jack Daniel’s labelled, the team at The Britons Protection have just done that, again!

After the success of the first release earlier in the year, they decided to do it all again, but this time they looked for a different flavour, having the #2 select stand-out from the first.

Making the 4000 mile trip back to Tennessee, they worked alongside the Jack Daniel’s team to select a spirit that would be fitting to the Manchester scene, culminating in the barrel arriving in the city with 276 bottles curated. The cask is unique in flavour and only available at The Britons Protection, who themselves are part of an exclusive family as being one of only eight such projects in the UK this year.

The evening itself had the distinguished Cam Dawson, UK Brand Ambassador of Jack Daniel’s, as well as representatives from Bacardi Brown-Forman who develop the brand here in the UK. Touching on the history, anecdotes from Jack Daniel’s himself, as well as of course what makes Jack Daniel’s stand out to other whiskies in the American market, a tasting would be needed.

Starting with,

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Light nose with a distinct sweetness dominating. A smooth offering on the palate with a slight spice and vanilla flavour. Charcoal notes with burn sugar after-taste. Lingers.

And then moving onto,

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel ‘Manchester Select’ #1– 45%

Light caramel and vanilla on the nose, with hints of butter and wax combined with oak. Very smooth upon the palate, a slight sharpness from the oak but it mellows with honeycomb. A lively finish on the tongue with dry spice battling toffee and oak flavours.

And of course onto,

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel ‘Manchester Select’ #2 – 45%

Plenty of soft vanilla and honeycomb upon the nose, offering a subtle yet smooth aroma. The honey travels onto the palate well, with dry spice hints coming through alongside flavours of clotted fudge and vanilla which offers a slightly dry finish.

A cracking dram, and a marked difference between both Manchester Selects. You can still purchase a bottle at The Britons Protection itself, or indeed just enjoy a dram within the ‘Jack Lounge’, fitted with authentic barrel top tables and a roaring fire inside one of Manchester’s traditional public houses.

Visit http://www.britons-protection.com if you plan on making a visit, or wish to enquire on how to purchase a bottle.

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Jack Daniel’s

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Everyone has more than likely heard of this brand. It can sometimes be considered an icon in the drinks world, with many consumers coming across it at some point in their lives. It can also divide opinion, with more varieties coming out and Jack Daniel’s seen as more the mixing whisky instead of being sipped on its own. But Jack Daniel’s is well-known for a reason, and if it was disliked for nearly 140 years, I sincerely doubt I would be mentioning it in any way, shape or form.

So let’s have a look at Mr. Daniel’s.

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Founder Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was born in September 1846. Seemingly no one knows the exact date because the birth records were destroyed in a courthouse fire however some records list his birth date as September 5, 1846. Jack was one of twelve children fathered by Calaway Daniel. Jack’s mother, Lucinda Cook Daniel, died in 1847, after which his father remarried and had several more children. Jack Daniel’s grandfather, Joseph “Job” Daniel emigrated from Wales to the United States.

Jack died in 1911 from blood poisoning which started from an infection. The infection allegedly began in one of his toes, which Jack injured one morning at work by kicking his safe in anger when he could not get it open. Jack Daniel never married and did not have any children, however, he took his nephew Lem Motlow under his wing. Lem was very skilled with numbers, and was soon doing all of the distillery’s bookkeeping. In 1907, due to failing health, Jack Daniel gave the distillery to Lem, who then bequeathed the distillery to his children, Robert, Reagor, Dan, Conner, and Mary, upon his death in 1947.

Tennessee passed a state-wide prohibition law in 1910, preventing the legal distillation of Jack Daniel’s in the state, and as a result Lem Motlow began distilling operations in St Louis, Missouri and Birmingham, Alabama, though none of the production from these locations was ever sold due to quality problems. The introduction of prohibition in 1920 (until 1933) stopped production in St Louis; production in Alabama having been stopped earlier by that state’s prohibition laws. All production then ceased. Even the enactment in 1933 repealing federal prohibition did not allow production in Lynchburg to restart, as the Tennessee state prohibition laws were still in effect. Motlow, as a Tennessee state senator, helped repeal these laws, allowing production to restart in 1938. The five-year gap between national repeal and Tennessee repeal was commemorated in 2008 with a gift pack of two bottles, one for the 75th anniversary of the end of prohibition and a second commemorating the 70th anniversary of the reopening of the distillery. The U.S. government banned the manufacture of whiskey during World War II and a little beyond, from 1942 to 1946.

Motlow resumed production of Jack Daniel’s only in 1947 after good quality corn was again available.
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When the company was later incorporated, it was incorporated as “Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Prop., Inc.” This has allowed the company to continue to include Lem Motlow, who died in 1947, in its marketing, since mentioning him in the advertising is technically just citing the full corporate name. Likewise, the advertisements continue to say that Lynchburg has only 361 people, though the 2000 census reports 5,740. This is allowable because the entire label was trademarked in the early 1960’s when this figure was the actual population cited by the Census Bureau; changing the label would require applying for a new trademark or forfeiting trademark protection.
Moore County, where the Jack Daniel’s distillery is located, is one of the state’s many dry counties. Therefore, while it is legal to distill the product within the county, it is illegal to purchase it there. However, a state law has provided one exception: a distillery may sell one commemorative product, regardless of county statutes. With this, Jack Daniel’s now sells Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, the original No. 7 blend, and a seasonal blend at the distillery’s White Rabbit Bottle Shop.

To create such a range, Jack Daniel’s whiskey (made of at least 51% of single grain) is filtered through sugar maple charcoal (named the Lincoln County Process) in large wooden vats prior to aging, which is an extra step that is not used in making most Bourbon whiskey. Because of this, the company claims that this makes the product different from Bourbon. However, Tennessee whiskey is required to be “a straight Bourbon Whiskey” under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Canadian law, and there is no other legal definition of the term “Tennessee whiskey”.

So Jack Daniel’s does things a little different in that the Lincoln County Process is used to create a heavier flavour, so with this in mind, how does the range fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes on each –

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 – 40%

Light nose with a distinct sweetness dominating. A smooth offering on the palate with a slight spice and vanilla flavour. Charcoal notes with burn sugar after-taste. Lingers.

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – 45%

Bottled from a single barrel from the Jack Daniel distillery. On the nose it gave off a subtle vanilla aroma with a slight oak lingering behind. Smooth vanilla extracts with cereal and hints of citrus on the palate create a long finish.

Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack – 40%

Charcoal-mellowed twice, before and after the ageing process. On the nose, a very strong vanilla and honey aroma with burnt sugar dominating. The palate enjoys a very smooth offering though with the vanilla and honey combining well. Short with a hint of spice at the end.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey – 35%

Made with a mix of rich spices and honey. Dominant caramel on the nose with hints of subtle oak. Light vanilla flavours start, but the caramel takes over with a rich, lingering sweetness.

Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack Apple Punch 2012 – 15%

A special edition winter drink, originally made for the German market. A punch with JD, apple, cinnamon and cloves. Light green apple aromas on the nose with a subtle spice end. Instant freshness of apple on the palate with a dry cinnamon flavour following that creates a short offering.

 

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Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select – 45%

This release is not only bottled at a stronger 45%, but is also partly matured in ‘Sinatra barrels’, grooved on the inside to allow more wood/spirit interaction.
Smooth grain nose with a soft corn aroma with a following of dry wood notes. A developing smoke on the palate, wit h a soft, slight spice flavour on the tongue. Creates a long wood finish with a mouth watering experience.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century – 50%

A limited-edition bottling, celebrating the life of Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 in 2015. Bottled at 100 proof from 100 casks specially selected by master distiller Jeff Arnett.
Heavy fudge notes on the nose, with rich, thick vanilla and caramel aromas a-plenty. The aromas carry onto the palate, with the thick fudge, soft charcoal and dry wood notes coming through. A very long, warm note of walnut and almond offer a fantastic finish.

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel ‘Manchester Select’
 #1 – 45%

Exclusive to The Britons Protection in Manchester.
Light caramel and vanilla on the nose, with hints of butter and wax combined with oak. Very smooth upon the palate, a slight sharpness from the oak but it mellows with honeycomb. A lively finish on the tongue with dry spice battling toffee and oak flavours.

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel ‘Manchester Select’ #2 – 45%

Plenty of soft vanilla and honeycomb upon the nose, offering a subtle yet smooth aroma. The honey travels onto the palate well, with dry spice hints coming through alongside flavours of clotted fudge and vanilla which offers a slightly dry finish.

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel ‘Manchester Select’ #3 – 45%

Walnut notes upon the nose, with subtle dry oak and hints of cedar coming through. A soft corn profile on the palate, with small kicks of vanilla moving into a dry spice finish that lingers.

A great selection, with some great recipes to choose from too –

Lynchburg Lemonade
Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade

Glass – 

Jam Jar or Highball

Ingredients – 

25 ml Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
25 ml Triple sec
25 ml Sour mix
100 ml Lemon-lime soda

Method –

Combine and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

or

Hot Tennessee Toddy
Hot Tennessee Toddy

Hot Tennessee Toddy

Glass –

Mug

Ingredients –

25 ml Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
Spoonful of honey
Cinnamon stick
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Boiling water

Method – 

Pour Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 into a heavy mug. Add a spoonful of honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Top with boiling water and stir.

Jack Daniel’s is great on its own and shouldn’t be underestimated or consigned to the market of mixers. It is the most versatile out of the range true, but so are most other bourbon and whiskies. Give it a go, or indeed another go, try it over ice and if not preferred, try one of the recipes above or simply enjoy a Jack & Coke. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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The Liquorists – Whiskey Trail Review

Last night was the next installment of The Liquorists much acclaimed spirit trails, with this month incorporating world whiskey. Following the same concept of their rum trail, we were to be enjoying 5 different spirits, 5 different cocktails in 5 different bars accompanied by 5 different light bite appetizers. Sound daunting? Challenge accepted!

Jim Beam Black Mint Julep at Trof

Starting the night in Manchester’s Northern Quarter mecca Socio Rehab, we gathered in the bar’s side room and the 14 strong group were welcomed with drams of Woodford Reserve. Barry, of Epernay fame, would be our host for the evening, and after a brief introduction, explained to us why the night would be starting with a bourbon feel. Whilst guiding us through the history of whiskey, a round of Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned were handed out along with Florentines to contrast with.  No sooner had the rocks glass been emptied, we were making our way across the street to our next venue, Trof.

Jim Beam Black was the choice of spirit as we made our way upstairs to their dedicated whiskey room. To go with the dram of Jim Beam, pieces of Frankfurter with aleoli and pork crackling were going down a storm, whilst 1940’s style tea cups were handed to us containing the classic recipe of a Mint Julep – a simple recipe of bourbon, mint and sugar.

Apotheca was the next port of call, with the popular venue which has graced many previous trails offering us a double helping. Our main offering was the Scotland based Auchentoshan 12yr as a dram, and an Auchentoshan Three Wood Sour to enjoy. After visiting three homes of whiskey, Ireland showcased itself next in the form of Jameson’s at our fourth venue, Noho. Nestled in the corner of the sizeable venue, bowls of cheese and caramel popcorn were being eaten like their was no tomorrow, whilst sipping on drams of Jameson’s and its cocktail equivalent Basil Smash which had a dash of Tabasco to wake the senses.

Auchentoshan Three Wood Whisky Sour at Apotheca

Our last bar for the night was in the ever popular Home Sweet Home where the number 1 came out – Jack Daniel’s. Accompanied with a juicy burger to help soak up the nights tipples, it was a rather fitting end to a great insight into the world of whiskey. The treat of Yamazaki 12yr was a personal highlight, with the need to visit both Trof and Noho again to experience more of their offerings!

The next event in The Liquorists calendar is the return of the Gincident. To put it plainly – lots of gin and cocktails on a barge. BRING IT ON!

Check out The Liquorist’s website and Facebook page for more information and tickets.

Check out the rest of the photos via my Facebook page.

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Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

This week I conducted a whisk(e)y training session at Canvas Lounge, Knutsford as part of their spirit training programme, and invited along Chelsea Shoesmith. A local photographer with over 4 years experience, she specialises in weddings and portraits, however she kindly donated some of her time to create some fantastic images of brands including Glenfiddich, Dalmore and Jack Daniels.
With the backdrop of Canvas Lounge, itself a place that also specialises in weddings, shes utilised just about everything she could get her hands on to compliment her shots!

Click here to be taken to Chelsea Shoesmith’s website, where you can view these stunning photos. Enjoy

24 Days of Christmas Cocktails – Day 11

Only two weeks till Christmas Day and nearly half way through the Drinks Enthusiast advent calendar of Christmas cocktails! Day 11 involves the classic American Jack Daniels.

Vanilla Jack

Day 11 – Vanilla Jack – Jack Daniels

Glass –

Highball glass

Ingredients –

25ml Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
15ml Tuaca
75ml ginger ale
Splash of triple sec

Method –

In a mixing glass filled with ice, add ingredients. Roll contents, but do not shake. Pour into a highball glass.

Garnish with a cherry. 

 

Each day for the next 14 days their will be a different christmas cocktail added to the site, so sign yourself up to be the first to find out! Make sure you follow me on Twitter (and the hash tag #24daysofchristmascocktails) or Facebook for instant updates.

 

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