Whiskied away: Manchester’s finest drinks consultants The Liquorists deliver exceptional Whisk(e)y Trail

By Dean Wilkins

Are you looking for an excitably different way of enjoying your favourite spirit or are you an eager tippler that yearns for an adventurous new cocktail concoction?

Well, Manchester’s favourite drinks consultants and tour guides The Liquorists have put together an exceptional Whisk(e)y Trail which will take you on a journey of discovery, passion and overwhelming enjoyment. 

Socio Rehab, Trof, Apotheca, NoHo and the surprise of super-secret special location welcomed trailers on the expedition of whiskey’s history, taste and uses.

A range of international whiskies in their purest form, aka straight, were accompanied by carefully caressed cocktails which best represented how they can be enjoyed.

Woodford Reserve was the night’s opener as one half of The Liquorists, Tom Sneesby, introduced the Kentucky bourbon. It’s bitter, yet tangy. It’s sweet, yet fruitful. 

But it’s Socio Rehab’s best used weapon which really grabs the attention of the palette though as a perfectly prepared cocktail with citrus and chocolate tangs the taste buds terrifically.

Number two results in the trailers basking in Trof, Northern Quarter, for Jim Beam infused information and tasting.

The surroundings are exquisite in the specialised bourbon bar of Trof and their cocktail-makers creation of a Mint Julep is sensational. It’s the perfect pal for summer and with a vanilla mascarpone, almond and pineapple jelly teaspoon treat it’s particularly moreish.

You could, and should, drink these all day.

Apotheca then plays host to the trail as two glasses of straight whiskey greet the revellers. Scottish Auchentoshan and Suntory Yamazaki Japanese Water of Life are two distinctly different spirits, but both will put enough hair on your chest to bolster the bank balance of your local waxers.

The food accompaniment was watermelon, ginger and cinnamon. Wonderful.

Next the trailers go to NoHo where Ireland’s Jamesons is the feature of their attention. The cocktail whipped up by the staff is simply genius as pepper, mint and Tobasco sauce unites harmoniously. The snack is caramel and cheese popcorn – wrong but right.

For the finale the best burgers in town and the best whiskey in the world await as Almost Famous and Jack Daniels set up a cracking end. A-don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broken combination of Jack Daniels and coke is unbeatable. That was until Almost Famous unleashed their arsenal of boisterous burgers, southern-styled wings and fries.

It’s an occasion that could be attended over and over again, and rightly should be. The Liquorists’ passion is combined with a knowledge and understanding that stretches above and beyond the necessary requirement for entertainment.

But it’s their love and understanding of delivering a unique experience that makes this Whisk(e)y Trail an outstanding success. 

You can visit The Liquorists’ Facebook page here and be sure to follow them on Twitter for a heads up on all of Manchester’s terrific drinking dens. 

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