Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is on a Age of Discovery World Voyage and will visit Australia in March. What’s special about this world voyage is the creation of The Age of Discovery cocktail by the team at the world-famous Savoy Beaufort Bar and influenced by the tastes and aromas of the continents that Queen Mary 2 will visit on her voyage, from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.
Cocktails onboard Queen Mary 2 take on a new meaning as the luxury liner will be carrying carrying a 300-litre barrel of this specially created cocktail on its open decks, following a collaboration between three of the world’s most highly acclaimed brands: Cunard, The Savoy Hotel and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.
The cocktail recipe 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. Travelling 41,000 nautical mile for four months, the cocktail will mature in a handpicked Jack Daniel’s first fill American oak Single Barrel which was hoisted on Queen Mary 2 on January 10 in Southampton.
With an itinerary including 39 ports in 27 countries, the special cocktail will be exposed to varied climates, elements that will influence the final result of a unique barrel-aged cocktail.
Cunard has created a social media buzz about Age of Discovery and the cocktail’s progress will be charted via social media throughout its passage across the oceans, and will appear in the world’s most iconic ports and cities. The barrel will have its own log book.
When Queen Mary 2 returns to Southampton on May 10, 2016, the barrel will be ceremoniously unloaded and will travel to the specially-commissioned Houston Bottling & Co Pack plant in West Dunbartonshire.
It is estimated that the unique barrel will yield a minimum of 250 litres of Age of Discovery, which will become the latest in The Savoy Collection; one of the world’s most prestigious and unique collections of one-of-a-kind spirits and liquids.
Meanwhile guests onboard Queen Mary 2’s world voyage will be able to sample a non-aged version of the cocktail.
Check out the video about Age of Discovery cocktail here .