When you are trudging through an industrial estate in the pouring rain on a Wednesday evening, normally this is an indication that somewhere the week has gone horribly wrong.
On this occasion we had endured a journey on a bus and two trains to end up exactly here. For in this little corner of Yorkhill, hidden from view by the railway arches, and watched over by ten foot high street art is the SWG3 Studio Warehouse. A venue contained within a collection of re-purposed industrial buildings, with a blend of brick, rusting steel and polished concrete, a location which perfectly mixes contemporary and history.
But why were we here? Well actually to perfectly mix contemporary and history, or more accurately allow someone to mix them for us… The lovely folk from Jack Daniel’s were hosting “The Meeting Place” a taste of Tennessee, with the Clyde standing in for the Elk River. What ensued was a party that I will remember fondly for some time, because on top of a brilliant DJ and cracking band, the Broken Witt Rebels, there was two of the cities finest street food suppliers, Chompsky and The Buffalo Truck. But the best bit, was the relaxed, friendly vibe, that can only happen when a large number of Jack Daniels’ drinkers get together and enjoy some fine Tennessee whiskey.
Best of all, this was not a “JD & Coke” affair, oh no, this was about exploring some new and interesting ways of serving Jack. Apple Jacks, a simple combination of Jack Daniel’s, fresh apple juice over ice with a slice of apple and a sniff of cinnamon added a fruity zing and a different spicy flavour to the usual mellowness of the whiskey.
The Jack Old Fashioned mixed a large Jack Daniel’s with a few dashes of Angostura and then a healthy slug of honey. The sweetness of the honey takes the punch of the bitters on the chin and hits back with a perfect counterpoint to the smokiness of the Whiskey.
Seems someone at Jack Daniel’s has worked out that the whiskey is a great partner with honey, so much so you can buy it paired up in the bottle. The awesome Tennessee Honey sees a honey liqueur blended with Old No. 7 to create a fantastic combination that is still undoubtedly JD, but different! It formed the basis of our two favourite drinks of the night, Jack Honey and Lemonade, a simple mix of sweet lemonade, a wedge of lemon and a healthy shot of Tennessee Honey was simple but effective.
The Tennessee Touchdown was a standout, Tennessee Honey, some honey and ginger syrup, a squeeze of lemon juice, a dash or two of Angostura and then top the tankard up with lager! Oh wow sweet, sharp, smoky and sour all going on in one glass! I’m going to need to experiment with some of our finest Scottish brewery products to find the perfect brew, but this is definitely worth a try (responsibly of course!!!)
Jack Daniel’s wasn’t kept just to the cocktail bar, no,no,no several bottles seem to have made it out to the caterers, for Chompsky offered up slow roasted pulled pork in a JD BBQ glaze on Mac & Cheese, whilst the Buffalo Truck went with the Tennessee Honey and butter glazed buttermilk fried chicken burgers. I’d like to say we tried both, but that would be a lie (sorry Chompsky). For us it was double chicken and wow, that batter was phenomenal. Best chicken burger ever? potentially! That’s a recipe I also need to be trying out back in the SFR kitchen!
The top discovery of the night? Three actually.
I like rebellious rock and soulful blues, so will probably end up at Stereo on 21st October to see the Broken Witt Rebels again.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey could possibly edge Old No. 7 as my favourite Tennessee export, wow!
Tennessee Fire makes my eyes water…
So a big thank you to Jack Daniel’s for inviting us along. It’s a brave move bringing a party and Whiskey to Scotland, the land of Scotch and Ceilidh, but you know what, them folk from Tennessee created a near perfect feel-good night out. Slàinte!
Jack Daniel's invited us to their Meeting Place event, but the opinions are very much our own (so there you go...)