Words by: Simon Difford
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Tennessee Nitro Tour is an initiative to give bartenders across the UK an opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the industry at six unique workshops developed by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey in partnership with award-winning bartender Ryan 'Mr Lyan' Chetiyawardana and his team at Super Lyan.
The workshops will centre around an innovative Mr Lyan twist on the classic Jack and Cola called a Tennessee Nitro Martini which, importantly, is pulled through a nitrous keg system. The workshops explore the secrets of keg cocktails with a view to enabling those attending the workshops to develop similar cocktails and dispense systems in their own bars.
Commenting on the tour and Tennessee Nitro Martini, Ryan said, "Using the golden sweetness of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, we balanced this with our spicy cola and Sandows cold-brewed coffee. Pulling this through a nitrous system produces a silkier texture and gives the ideal dilution, balance and flavour with a perfect creamy texture."
This educational tour is part of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey (Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands) on-going commitment to mentor and educate bartenders as they develop in their careers.
The Tennessee Nitro Martini is currently available at Super Lyan and the Super Lyan team will take the Nitro Martini on tour around the UK, demonstrating it to bartenders attending the sessions who will get to taste the cocktail and gain valuable insight from Mr Lyan and his team about how they operate, as well as the thought process that led to the creation of the cocktail and the role that Jack Daniel's played in making it happen.
• 2nd July - Imbibe Live, followed by guest shift at Callooh Callay, London
• Belfast - venue and date TBC
The Super Lyan team will also collaborate with the above host bars to give consumers a chance to taste the Tennessee Nitro Martini during the tour.
The Tennessee Nitro Tour is an example of Jack Daniel's supporting and mentoring the UK on-trade, as was the Tennessee Calling II mentorship programme which included a series of informative sessions for bartenders led by London Cocktail Club co-founder, JJ Goodman, Head Bartender at The Savoy's American Bar, Erik Lorincz, and Jack Daniel's UK Brand Ambassador, Cam Dawson.
Nidal Ramini, Head of Advocacy for Northern Europe, commented: "At Jack Daniel's we are dedicated to supporting bartenders as they develop their careers. Throughout the Tennessee Nitro Tours, we will be working with Tennessee Calling II finalists and collaborating with bars that share the same ethos as Jack Daniel's, to give bartenders the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business."