Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is proud to announce the three winners of Tennessee Calling – a competition that has seen the cutting edge of bartenders from across Scotland battle it out for a place on a career-changing trip to the U.S.A. Launched at the Glasgow Sessions this October, Tennessee Calling set out to find the most creative bartenders in Scotland. Bartenders were tasked with creating a cocktail using Jack Daniel’s that demonstrated their creativity, passion and flair. A panel of judges including Stuart McCluskey and Erik Lorincz toured the country to select three winners from hundreds of entries.
The three talented winners include Grant Murray of Bar One, Inverness, for his cocktail ‘The Usual’ – using a cherry balsamic and cola reduction, Ryan Mowat of The Finnieston, Glasgow, for his recipe ‘Full Circle’ – garnished with a sprig of dill and Caitlin Tulloch of Lucy Liquor Company, Edinburgh for her drink ‘Jack’s Rising’ which combined Old No. 7 with an Islay whisky.
The three finalists now have a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with their bartending heroes and to hone their craft on a trip to Tennessee and New York, designed to help them reach their full potential. Working with the best mentors in the business, the three winners of Tennessee Calling will create, plan and host an event at The Dead Rabbit in New York City – the world’s best cocktail bar. After leaving New York, the winners will then travel to Lynchburg, Tennessee for the ultimate distillery experience, to see for themselves how Jack Daniel’s whiskey is made first hand with Master Distiller Jeff Arnett.