I personally enjoy drinking whisky and to my surprise, Jacob’s Creek challenged the norm and released a range of unique reds finished in aged whiskey barrels. The brand launched the new variants here in Malaysia with an exclusive experiential food and wine pairing dinner themed “Jacob’s Creek Gourmet Picnic”. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend however Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers’ official photographer Andy Kho managed to represent the company for this event on 20 October 2016 at Eight Gourmets Gala in Sunway.
Renowned Australian wine brand Jacob’s Creek launched its latest blend of unique reds – the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel. The wines come as a pair, with the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon finished in aged whiskey barrels to add another layer of complexity and texture to traditionally barreled beverages.
Guests were introduced to an array of experiences, from food and wine pairings, to learning about scent notes from pieces of the actual Double Barrel at the picnic themed “nose station”. Jocob’s Creek Brand Ambassador, Jenny Rothenberg guided guests through the experiential food pairing session of the cuisine and Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel.
“Each barrel performs differently, so it took time to understand the true effect on the drink, and achieve a result that was perfectly balanced,” explains Jenny Rothenberg, Brand Ambassador for Jacob’s Creek. “We started with high quality fruit from carefully selected vineyards, from which we crafted premium red wine. We then matured the parcels traditionally in French and American oak barrels, before finishing it in old whiskey barrels.”
The Double Barrel Shiraz has a full body and a generous palate which integrates a mix of sweet red fruits and dark chocolate. While subtle toasty vanilla flavours are derived from the aging process in traditional French and American oak wine barrels. Finally, the careful use of aged Scotch whisky barrels for finishing has added complex nuances of almond-husks and also softened the dense tannins to yield an incredible smoothness.
The Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon on the other hand offers a complex palate yet reveals itself with style. Traditionally assertive tannins are evident at first, before giving way to a mid palate filled with ripe cassis, olive tapenade and complex briary hints. Fine, dusty tannins give excellent line and length to the beverage, and are layered with sweet and toasty characters reminiscent of crýme brýlýe. The unique Double Barrel technique of finishing in aged Irish whiskey barrels has integrated the myriad of flavours and brought extra richness to the palate.
For more information, head over to www.jacobscreek.com
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