Jack & Frank

Last Tuesday, on probably one of the coldest nights in Calgary so far, myself and a few tastemakers along with some media personalities attended an event at high end Italian eatery, Teatro for the Canadian Launch of the Jack Daniel Sinatra Select. This Tennessee whiskey honours Frank Sinatra's loyalty to Jack Daniel and celebrates a legendary friendship that lasted more than half a century.

The launch of the Sinatra Select is a great tribute to the late singer as he nears his 100th birthday in 2015 and what perfect way to do so, by dedicating a bottle to a legendary icon who made Jack Daniel's whiskey a household name.

As the night went on, a few of us where tapped on the shoulder and taken downstairs into the wine cellar to get a 101 on the history of the famous relationship between Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel while sipping on probably the smoothest whiskey I have ever tasted. Truth be told, whiskey is usually not my thing, but I must say, my palate has been introduced to whole new world that I want to know more of.

The barrels used to make the product were crafted to provide an extra full character and darker rich amber colour by exposing the spirit to extra layers of toasted wood on the inner surface of the barrels.  The extra rich barrels were mingled with classic Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and bottled at 90 proof resulting in a character that is full of oak and spice notes with an exceedingly smooth vanilla finish.  The smooth, bold character of the whiskey is meant to embody the smooth, bold character of Sinatra himself.   
The Sinatra Select will be available in stores just in time for Christmas and one that is sure to impress anyone on your list who has a palette for fine whiskey. A 1 litre bottle retails for somewhere around $300, but if you are flying through any of the major U.S cities, you can probably find this bottle for $150 in the airport duty free shops.
Cheers to Jack & Frank


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