If you haven’t already heard, on the 10th January 2016, QM2 (owned by Curnard Line) set sail from Southampton on a 41,000 nautical journey around the world. However, this wasn’t to be a regular circumnavigation. A unique collaboration between Jack Daniel’s, Cunard and The Savoy saw the production of Age of Discovery – a specially created, barrel-aged, limited-edition cocktail.
With a Jack Daniel’s barrel fixed to the front deck, the 76,000 tonne cruise ship visited 39 ports of call across 27 countries. At the end of its voyage on the 10th of May, the QM2 returned to Britain and the barrel was transported to Scotland for bottling. The Age of Discovery cocktail has since been created by the talented team at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar to represent the diverse areas through which the QM2 travelled. Inspired and influenced by the tastes and aromas of the different continents, the Jack Daniel’s cocktail features a blend of Savoy Select Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 and Bacardi 8, with Spice Trail Madeira, Dubonnet, Martini Riserva Rubino and Earl Grey and cocoa nib bitters.
Last night, we treated a few journalists to sampling this unique cocktail at the Beaufort Bar. And, what a delight it was! Rich in flavour and deliciously drinkable, the arctic and tropical climates that the barrel was exposed to during its travels had created something very special. Guests can now visit The Savoy to try the cocktail for themselves. But don’t wait too long; only 700 serves will be available at a price of £150 a glass.