Age of Discovery - A Unique Collaboration between The Savoy, Cunard and Jack Daniel’s
Three of the world’s most highly acclaimed brands, renowned for their traditions of service and excellence, embarked on a unique collaboration earlier this year that circumnavigated the globe. On January 10 2016, Cunard, The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, and Jack Daniel’s came together to create Age of Discovery – a specially created, barrel aged, limited edition cocktail.
The cocktail itself matured in a hand chosen, 300 litre Jack Daniel’s barrel, whilst residing on board Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, during her 41,000 nautical mile, four-month world voyage.
Age of Discovery was formulated by the team at the world-famous Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, named Best International Hotel Bar 2015. Inspired and influenced by the tastes and aromas of the continents that Queen Mary 2 visited on her voyage, from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania, the Jack Daniel’s cocktail was mixed at The Savoy before the barrel was sealed and bonded for its world voyage.
Painstaking attention to detail and refinement went into the choice of ingredients. The cocktail itself was crafted to reflect both Cunard’s 175-year ocean-going heritage and the decades of history and patronage associated with The Savoy’s famous cocktail bars.
During her four month circumnavigation, Queen Mary 2 visited 39 ports of call in 27 countries. The barrel was secured in open deck space for the duration of the voyage to expose it to the varied elements and climates that have ultimately influenced the final result. Prevailing temperatures, humidity and sunlight – as well as more inclement conditions - have combined to produce this truly unique barrel-aged cocktail.
The Age of Discovery returned on 10 May 2016, after which the barrel was be ceremoniously unloaded from Queen Mary 2 and sent for bottling to become the latest limited edition bottle in The Savoy Collection. Age of Discovery will soon also be available at the Beaufort Bar as an exclusive 'explorative' serve; inspired by the incredible vast journey the cocktail has taken.
Southampton, United Kingdom
10 January 2016 - Departs from the port of Southampton
The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) departs the port of Southampton located on the central part of the south coast of England. and begins it's journey around the world. The cruise liner set off amongst a celebration of fireworks and a live music band.
Presentation by Neil Donarchie
13 January 2016 - Neil Donarchie presents to 250 people
Savoy colleague Neil Donarchie delivers a presentation to passengers aboard the QM2 discussing how the natural elements will have an effect on the cocktail within the hand picked Jack Daniels barrel
A Savoy Masterclass
14 January 2016 - Neil Donarchie Masterclass
Demonstrating how the professionals mix up their cocktails, Neil Donarchie hosts a masterclass aboard the QM2
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
25 January 2016 - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
The QM2 arrives at the port of Amber Cove, a new purpose built port costing $85million and is situated on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. During it's time here, the Age of Discovery cocktail will be subjected to temperatures of around 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius).
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
01 February - Arrives in Rio De Janeiro
Famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Rio De Janeiro is a huge seaside city in the East coast of Brazil. The city is known for its expansive favelas (shanty towns) and for the 38m statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city.
Cape Horn, Chile
14 February 2016 - Cape Horn, Chile
Cape Horn named after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Cape Horn is also the northern boundary that indicates where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Pacific Ocean.
Easter Island, Chile
23 February 2016 - Easter Island
Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, this Chilean Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues created by the early Rapa Nui people. Easter Island has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, and much of the island is protected within the Rapa Nui National Park.
Moorea, French Polynesia
29 February 2016 - Moorea, Tahiti
"This Magical Island" is believed to be the inspiration behind the mythical Bali Hai from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. Located in French Polynesia, Moorea is a beautiful islands with some of the best scenic views within the archipelago islands.
Auckland, New Zealan
05 March 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
Set in-between two large harbours in the north of New Zealand's North Island, Auckland is home to the famous Sky Tower with its ever spanning views of Viaduct Harbour which is home to many superyachts and lined with bars and restaurants.
11 March 2016 - Sydney, Australia
The city of Sydney is located in Australia's New South Wales and is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The area was first inhabited by indigenous Australians since the Upper Paleolithic period, with the first British settlers arriving in 1788 to found the city as it is known as today as a penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
31 March 2016 - Nha Trang, Vietnam
Located on the coast of southern Vietnam, Nhu Trang is famous for its spectacular beaches popular for its scuba diving and offshore islands. The island of Hón Tre and the Vinpearl Resort can be accessed by a Cable car from the mainland. The average temperate is around 29 degrees Celsius with 86% humidity.