Age of Discovery cocktail returns from four months at sea

25 May 2016

The prodigal, er, cocktail has returned. Back in January a full barrel of a cocktail entitled Age of Discovery set off on a four-month journey by sea, and has now returned to its home in London, at The Savoy's Beaufort Bar. Imbibe stopped by the bar yesterday and was among the first to taste it since its voyage.

The Savoy teamed up with luxury ocean liner operator Cunard and Tennessee whiskey producer Jack Daniel's for this ambitious project. We're talking 41,000 nautical miles, which is probably more nautical miles than you've sailed this year. Over its four months the Age of Discovery visited 39 ports in 27 countries, all the while attached to the open deck to maximise its exposure to the elements.

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The cocktail itself contains a punchy blend of Savoy Silver Select Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Old No.7, Bacardi 8 Year Old, a spice-infused madeira, Dubonnet, Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino and Earl Grey and cocoa-nib bitters. The inclusion of madeira is particularly significant, given its history of being aged in barrels on ships. Perhaps unlike those madeiras of old, this cocktail spanned the ocean in a hand-selected 300-litre Jack Daniel's first-fill barrel. And the boat? No less than the Queen Mary 2.

The finished cocktail, with its four months of ageing, joins the collection of one-of-a-kind bottles entitled The Savoy Collection. About 700 serves (neither stirred down nor chilled) will be available at the Beaufort Bar. It's deep, rich and spicy, with layers of complexity, and a sweetness upfront that dries out towards the very long finish.

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