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Makers Mark Whiskey Cocktail ‘The Road Less Travelled’

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Makers Mark Whiskey Cocktail ‘The Road Less Travelled’

Posted on 22 November 2017 by Chris Ford



Last week I had a lovely evening at The Athenaeum Hotel THE BAR with Makers Mark Whiskey UK ambassador  Amanda Humphrey learning about the history of the brand.


It was a really interesting evening in a stunning venue, and fascinating to learn how Maker’s Mark still employ a very old-school approach to their business despite the size of the brand. Each bottle is hand-dipped in their signature red wax and the labels are still printed and cut the same way they have always been despite the obvious advances in technology.  This makes owning a bottle that little bit more special, now I know this.

The bar staff at The Athenaeum Hotel held a competition to come up with a new cocktail to showcase Maker’s Mark’s latest expression Makers 46. We tried the winning cocktail on the night, which was amazing! Here’s the winning recipe for that cocktail ‘The Road Less Travelled’ for you to make at home if you can’t make it to The Athenaeum to try it in person.



The Road Less Travelled


20ml Maker’s 46

20ml Mancino Chinato

20ml Rinomato Aperitivo

5ml Maraschino

2 dashes of aromatic bitters

4 dashes of rhubarb bitters



Stir all the ingredients, strain into a ginza rocks

glass over a chunk of ice and garnish with an

orange twist.


‘The Road Less Travelled’ cocktail which is available now for £15 at THE BAR at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

You can buy some Makers 46 here.

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Chivas ‘Made for Gentlemen’ by Bremont Watch Company

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Chivas ‘Made for Gentlemen’ by Bremont Watch Company

Posted on 15 October 2014 by Chris Ford


Whisky to me is special because its something I will sit down and take some time out to relax after a hard day or a long productive week and have a bit of me time. I’ve always enjoyed doing this with a whisky as I can appreciate the time, effort and care it has taken to produce thag liquid in your glass and for it to be consistent each and everytime is some achievement and something Chivas Regal have always done extremely well.
Much like that care and attention to detail that went into my glass of Chivas the same can be said for a good Automatic watch, all the intricate details and parts much be perfectly placed and lubricated to allow the smooth running of the mechanism which from Chivas Regals latest collaboration is certainly the point I take away in this video.

In a celebration of that craftsmanship, Chivas Regal unveils a ‘Made for Gentlemen’ collaboration with The Bremont Watch Company.


Only 12 Bremont ‘Chivary’ Limited Edition timepieces have been handcrafted and will never go into retail. The rare, numbered, collector’s pieces include a piece of oak cask used in the maturation of Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky, among many other special features. One watch will be released for a global online charity auction 22nd October to 9th November via www.chivas.com/bremont.


The collaboration between the two British luxury houses also includes a limited edition gift tin that houses a bottle of Chivas 12 and visually deconstructs the movements of a Bremont chronometer in striking, bold detail and goes on sale globally from this month. The gift tin would make a fantastic Christmas gift idea for the Gentleman in your life.


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Jeff Arnett – Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

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Jeff Arnett – Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Posted on 08 October 2014 by Chris Ford


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Arnett – Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s pop up bar ‘JD Rocks’ at The Macbeth in Hoxton.

As manager of quality control and whiskey maturation, Jeff oversees all 77 warehouses and 1.7 million barrels of whiskey maturing at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Jeff grew up down the road from Lynchburg in Jackson, Tennessee. He received a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama and cut his teeth on food and beverage manufacturing for 11 years before coming to Lynchburg in 2001 as a quality control engineer.

Jack Daniel’s has a very interesting history and there really is no better and more engaging  person to tell you about that than Jeff himself, in this first film from the event Jeff talk about the history of Jack Daniel’s.

In This second video Jeff takes us through tasting the different products from Jack Daniel’s  – Jack Daniel’s No7, Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel and Honey.

They were all fantastic but my favorite by far was the Single Barrel, I had only really experienced Jack Daniel’s with Coke before so this was a real eye opener for me, a fantastic Whiskey in its own right.


Jack Rocks – Hoxton

Jack Daniel’s, in association with NME and Spotify,  have created Jack Rocks. Taking over iconic music venue The Macbeth in Shoreditch, they will be showcasing upcoming talent, hold gigs with bands big and small, as well as workshops and Q&A sessions.
Read more at here

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Suntory Japanese Whisky

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Suntory Japanese Whisky

Posted on 12 June 2012 by Chris Ford

Recently I was invited to a Whisky tasting in London by  Suntory the  Japanese Whisky distiller.

I’m by no means an expert when it comes to Whisky but I was excited to see what Japan has to offer to the Whisky world.

While you may not of heard of or known Japan makes Whisky they have infact been doing so since 1899 and more recently Suntory has won several International Spirits Challenge awards here in the UK for their 12 year old Yamazaki line.

The techniques used to create Suntory are  of  Scottish  tradition but like a fine wine or hand rolled cigar climate and other conditions native to the orgin make a huge difference to the finished product , Suntory has a very distinctive refreshing taste unlike other whisky I have had the pleasure to try. This is no doubt due to Suntory’s Hakushu distillery being built amidst the deepest forests of Mt. Kaikomagatake in the Japanese Southern Alps, the Hakushu distillery is without question one of the highest in the world. With a very particular microclimate, luxurious forests, and water offering a rare softness and purity, only made possible by filtration of rain and snow through thousand-year-old granite rocks.

Each whisky was paired with a food course,  I wasn’t convinced this could be done that successfully if I’m honest but was pleasantly surprised how well the Whisky paired with the Dim Sum on offer provided by the excellent Hakkasan restaurant.

Suntory really have created something special, for me this is something to bring out after a dinner party, or to make that occasion a bit more special I certainly will be picking up a bottle of the Yamazaki 18year old which was my favourite from the range.

Suntory comes in five varieties



Hakushu 12 – RRP £50

Hakushu 18 – RRP £105




Yamazaki 12 – RRP £42
Yamazaki 18 – RRP £105

Hibiki 21 – Will be available from June RRP TBC aprox. £150 (not available in Selfridges)


oh and i had to add this from the movie Lost in Translation

For more information on Suntory head over to www.suntory.com

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