Tennessee Calling 2016

Jack Daniel’s invited Scottish bartenders to create cocktails that worked harmoniously with Old No.7 Whiskey. The three best won the opportunity to make and serve their creations at New York’s Dead Rabbit, the World’s Best Bar 2016, and also to visit the home of Jack Daniel’s - hence the competition’s “Tennessee Calling” name. We went along to sample the cocktails and share the experience.

Tennessee Calling was launched at the first ever “Glasgow Session”, an inspirational seminar hosted by Erik Lorincz of the American Bar at The Savoy, Stu McCluskey of The Bon Vivant and Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett, based on the topics of Creativity, Entrepreneurialism and Consistency.

Inspired by the Glasgow Session, bartenders across Scotland submitted their cocktail recipes with 11 of these selected as being the best. The judges then visited all 11 of the competitors’ bars to personally sample and assess their cocktails, announcing Ryan Mowat, Grant Murray and Kaiko Tulloch the winners.

Click on their cocktails below to view their winning recipes and watch our film of each talking about their cocktail and their Tennessee Calling experience.

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Full Circle by Ryan Mowat

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The Usual by Grant Murray

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Jack Rising by Kaiko Tulloch

The three presented their winning drinks at the Dead Rabbit to a packed bar of guests, including Dale De Groff, Franky Marshall, Joel Fraser, along with Stu McCluskey and Erik Lorincz who travelled from the UK with the winners.

The three winners then travelled to Lynchburg to visit Jack Daniel’s Distillery where they were hosted by both Jeff Arnett (Master Distiller) and Chris Fletcher (Assistant Master Distiller). Over the course of a day they were given a behind the scenes tour of the distillery not normally experienced by visitors. This included a unique hands-on lesson on how to make the sugar maple charcoal used in The Lincoln County Process that helps set Jack Daniel’s apart. We were fortunate enough to join them and have updated our Crafting Jack Daniel’s page as a result.

Ryan, Grant and Kaiko were the deserving winners of this inaugural Tennessee Calling competition but the other eight finalists and their cocktails are also worthy of exploration:

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A Dream to Be by Leon Back

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The Sunday Session by Dominic Willox

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Clever Jasper’s Tea by Aiste Valiukaite

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The Vine & The Fig Tree by Ciarán Russell

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The Ballad of Cat Ballou by Joshua Ramsay

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A Modern Day Jack by Roddy Coyle

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Friend of Jack by Julija Bernatovica

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Heather Crowe by Elias Olaria Vives

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