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Celebrate Whisky Sour Day With A J&B Sinatra Sour

13th August 2020
Celebrate Whisky Sour Day with a J&B Sinatra Sour.

Celebrate Whisky Sour Day With A J&B Sinatra Sour

A Whisky Sour is probably one of the most well known and popular whisky cocktails in America and beyond, so much so that it even has its own day set aside to celebrate it in the US, Whisky Sour Day, which this year falls on August 25th.

Of course a Whisky Sour is traditionally made with American Bourbon whiskey, but as I am sure you know the quality of a cocktail is dependent on its ingredients and it is a drink which can be equally as good when made with a quality Scotch whisky and one Scotch whisky which is very popular in the US to create a Whisky Sour is J&B Rare Scotch Blended Whisky, a whisky which sits above the standard entry level blends but should still be affordable no matter what your budget is.

J&B Rare originated in the 1930s, a blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies, the heart of J&B Rare is formed from the finest Speyside malts including Knockando, Glen Spey, Auchroisk and Strathmill. The blend is returned to the cask for a further three years’ maturation which brings together the bold flavours of the single malts, with the lighter grain whiskies adding fullness and depth to the blend. The light whisky with a Speyside edge was originally blended to suit American prohibition tastes, it was later highly popular among influential drinkers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin (‘The Rat Pack’).

This iconic cocktail is delicious, easy to create and perfect to enjoy on a hot Summer evening. J&B Rare has created their own twist on this classic cocktail - The J&B Sinatra Sour, named after Frank Sinatra, who was part of the infamous Hollywood ‘Rat Pack’ and was known to enjoy J&B Rare in their heyday:

J & B Rare is still a hugely popular whisky in America today and it is such a shame that it gets overlooked by so many here in the UK, so hopefully in posting this article I have inspired some of you to explore this Speyside rich blended Scotch whisky as it certainly deserves a bigger audience amongst knowledgeable whisky drinkers who don't want to spend too much seeking out a quality dram.

J&B Rare Review - William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  An enticing light, yet rich, apple and pear sweetness, a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Light bodied. No surprises the, apple and pear which the nose announced, a gentle vanilla sweetness, a wee hint of cinnamon, a touch of honey and some lovely delicate spice.

Finish: Honey and vanilla infused apple and pear linger a while before bowing out to leave some gentle spice to have the final word.

Comment: J & B Rare really is a quality easy drinking Speyside style blend that could even rival some of the entry level Speyside single malts. I have always wondered why Diageo do not push this whisky more here in the UK, the US know how good it is but it seems to get over looked here. If you are new to whisky and enjoy a lighter style you will be hard pushed to find any better than J & B Rare at this price range.

SMW Blend Whisky Score 91/100

J & B Rare Sinatra Sour:

35ml J&B Rare
10ml lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
15ml pasteurised egg white and 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Maraschino cherries

Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a black cherry, preferably a Maraschino cherry.

You will find J & B Rare available from specialist online whisky retailers such  as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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