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flavour notes of the drink will be more dull.
“Let’s say you put three cubes of ice in the
glass. By the time the customer lets it sit or
takes it back to their table, that glass is going
to push up to two, three, four degrees, and all
you’re going to be tasting is a drink that has
the feeling that it’s been sitting there for hours
with a flat soda mix, but if you have loads of
ice, the temperature will stay between -8 and
-10 degrees, so that you can have this really
balanced, refreshing drink.”
Looking for a twist on the classic Jack and Cola
to serve your patrons? Shearon recommends a real
slow sipper that has its origins in the Jack Daniel’s
homeland of Tennessee. Lynchburg, where
Jack Daniel’s is made is part of a ‘dry county’,
meaning that no alcohol can be consumed there.
The dry county has its origins in the Temperance
movement in the early 20th century.
To get a drink, one has to head to Nashville
about 75 miles – or 120km – to Nashville.
Here, the general American serve of Jack and
Cola would include 50 ml of Jack Daniel’s Old
No. 7. Shearon suggests that this kind of serve
is great for a real emphasis on the bold flavour
of the Tennessee whiskey.
“My twist – responsibly of course – would
be a 45 ml serve of Jack Daniel’s, again in a
rocks glass topped with ice, with a splash of
your favourite mixer, and that’s going to give
you that bolder flavour of American whiskey
without being too overbearing. Obviously you
can drink that slowly, just as you would do in
the United States.”
Whether you like the original Jack and cola,
an American twist, or even just Old No. 7 neat,
this oldie but goodie continues to be a favourite
in pubs across the country.
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T
KNOW ABOUT JACK
1. Born into a family of 13 children, Jasper
Newton Daniel (Jack to his friends and
family) ran away from home at the age
2. He was taught how to make whiskey by
a Lutheran minister named Dan Call,
and at just 13, Jack bought the still and
moved it to the Cave Spring Hollow which
is still where the distillery sources all of its
3. The ‘Jack Daniel Distillery’ was the first
ever registered distillery (est. 1866) and
is still the oldest registered distillery in
4. To this day, every drop of Jack Daniel’s
is made in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Lynchburg is located in Moore County,
which has actually been a ‘dry’ county
since 1908. The world’s biggest selling
whiskey is sold in over 165 countries and
is still made in a county where you can’t
5. Jack Daniel’s was the first whiskey in the
world to be sold in a square glass bottle,
and still is today. Jack always insisted on
‘a square bottle for a square shooter’.
6. Although he was a giant in the world
of whiskey making, in reality, Jack only
stood 5 foot 2 inches.
7. Mellowing the whiskey drop by drop
through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal is
what defines Jack Daniel’s as a Tennessee
whiskey and not a Bourbon. Tennessee
whiskey was actually formally recognised
by the US Congress in 1957, seven years
before Bourbon whiskey in 1964.
8. Although others abandoned charcoal
mellowing for cheaper methods of
making whiskey after the Civil War in
1864, Mr Jack (as he became known)
continued with the authentic process
due to its dramatic and positive influence
on the whiskey. A costly and lengthy
process, the distillery today spends over
$1 million per year just making charcoal.
9. Jack went to work early one morning and
struggled to crack the combination of his
safe. He kicked it in frustration and broke
his big toe. The infection lead to blood
poisoning, which Jack eventually passed
away from in 1911.
10. One of Jack Daniel’s biggest fans was
Frank Sinatra. Frank loved Jack so
much that he never took to the stage
without his special order – two fingers,
three rocks and a splash of water. He
travelled with 10 cases in his plane at all
times and is even buried with a bottle.
“Australians have this love affair with
those bold American whiskey flavours.”
Inside a Jack Daniel's
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