George Garvin Brown, founder of Old Forester

Sharing a glass of Old Forester with its founder’s great, great grandson

Back in 1870  whisky was shipped in barrels and diluted by establishments as they wished. To ensure the quality of his bourbon, George Garvin Brown, a pharmaceutical salesman and native of Louisville, Kentucky, was the first to put it in sealed glass bottles. Moreover he guaranteed these with his handwritten signature displayed on the label of his Old Forester bourbon. 140 years later Old Forester is the oldest Bourbon brand in continuous production, it’s survived Prohibition and is still made to its original  72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley recipe.

Most significantly of all it is still owned by the descendants of George Garvin Brown. And it’s one of those descendants,  George Garvin Brown IV, Brown Forman EVP, who recently gave us the Old Forester inside track over a glass of the liquid in question. Continue reading

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Doing it Frank’s way

If Mr G could do a Doctor Who and step inside the tardis, he’d go back to circa. 1958 no question. The reason? So he could live it large, wear sharp suits and hang out with Frank and the Rat Pack. He’s probably not the only one.

That’s why the Sinatra Selects tour running this month to celebrate Jack Daniel’s birthday is guaranteed to be a hit. Not only does it take in some of Frank’s favourite London hangouts but it focuses on Ol’ Blue Eyes’ favourite spirit, Jack Daniels and cranks it up a notch with the smooth, rich taste of special edition Sinatra Select. Continue reading

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Communion Bar, preaching the good word of the cocktail

As themed establishments go, this one is new on us – a subterranean space that holds the title of being the only stained-glass window bar in London. Enjoy thoroughly unique and artisan libations while admiring the hand-crafted tiles, church candles and complimentary wine and wafers that give Communion its name.

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Win a Woodford Reserve Infusion Jar for your bar

All good bartenders love the taste of Woodford Reserve, right? What’s not to like about the premium small batch bourbon whiskey with its rich taste and heritage, distilled not once, not twice but three times in copper pot stills for your drinking pleasure?

It’s those distinct toffee and vanilla notes that come from the whiskey being left to mature slowly in new charred American oak barrels that do the trick. And its those same warming characteristics that make Woodford Reserve ideal for re-fashioning classic American cocktails.

Try this recipe for size…
Fill an infusion jar* with two bottles of Woodford Reserve and add:
2 cinnamon sticks
1 clove
1 star anise
Lemon and orange peels
A few raspberries
A few blackberries
A few sloe berries
Leave the liquid to stand in a cool, dry place for 10 days. Et voila! A  decidedly moreish drink with a complex, spicy and citrus finish that complements the bourbon whiskey perfectly.

*We have one branded Woodford Reserve Infusion Jar primed and ready to grace your back bar. Not only that, we’ll even add a bottle of  Woodford Reserve to get your infusion started. 

To enter, just drop us a line here with ‘Woodford Infusion Jar’ in the subject header, telling us what key ingredient you’d like to add to your infusion and how you’d serve it in your cocktails.

Entries must be received by 27th August and the winning bar will be notified by email on 29th August.

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