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Issue 13 - Whisky in the mix

Whisky Magazine Issue 13
December 2000


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Whisky in the mix

Jane Slade ecamines how people drink their whisky around the globe and discovers how versatile the water of life can be.

The master distiller of Jack Daniel's was in London recently to host a dinner celebrating the whiskey's 150th birthday. No sooner had he sat down Geoffrey Moore, owner of the restaurant and son of the James Bond movie star Roger, rushed over to shake the hand of the old master, Jimmy Bedford.

Geoffrey then proceeded to recall the time when, aged just 15, he was having dinner in Monaco after the release of one of his father's Bond movies. He was sitting next to Frank Sinatra on a table hosted by Princess Caroline of Monaco. Ol' blue eyes was throwing back the Jack Daniel's like it was going out of fashion and persuading young Geoffrey to do the same. “I had four whisky sours,” Geoffrey recalls. “Everything was fine until it was time for us to get up from the table to go on to Prince Ranier's palace. As I got to my feet the room started spinning. I remember Sinatra grabbing hold of the back of my collar and saying, ‘just keep walking'.” Ever since then
Geoffrey, who opened the trendy Hush Restaurant in London's appropriately named New Bond Street earlier this year, restricts himself to Jack Daniel's sessions three times a year. “It is so delicious mixed that you don't realise how strong it is,” he admits. “I know when I have had too many. I start calling Jack Daniel's, John Daniel's.”

Jimmy Bedford was amused by the story but had clearly led a sheltered life down in Lynchberg, Tennessee – he had no idea who Roger Moore was!

Jimmy styles himself as the...

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