The story of Drambuie begins over 267 years ago in July 1746. Prince Charles Edward Stuart (known also as Bonnie Prince Charlie) was on the run, after defeat at the Battle of Culloden had ended his hopes of restoring the Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain.
The Prince was pursued by the King’s men across the Highlands and Islands of Western Scotland, bravely aided by many Highland Clans. Among them was Clan MacKinnon whose chief, John MacKinnon, helped the Prince escape from The Isle of Skye. In thanks for his bravery the Prince gave John MacKinnon the secret recipe to his personal liqueur, a gift that the Clan were to treasure down the generations. An extraordinary elixir that would, many years later, become known to the world as Drambuie.
In 2016, Drambuie presents, Brass & Crimson
Drambuie presents The Brass & Crimson – a modern celebration of the iconic age and scene that made Drambuie world-famous. 2016’s Brass & Crimson experience brings together iconic talent with emerging stars that fly the flag for Jazz and its influence on other genres to create new musical experiences.
In August, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Drambuie, Brass & Crimson event that was held in Leeds. With jazz as smooth and heady as the Drambuie cocktails, The Maven was the perfect venue for an event that hosted such talent as Binker & Moses and Saxophonist Nubya Garcia, giving it almost a speakeasy feel as the liquor flowed and the music wrapped you in its grip, leading you through the stories of old.
The Brass & Crimson tour has been a superb journey and one that if you missed it, you can watch the footage of the live stream here. http://www.nts.live/events/The_Brass_And_Crimson
I have rediscovered a love of both Drambuie and jazz, a perfect combination.