Jack Rose Saloon: Women Who Whiskey in Washington!

Women Who Whiskey has finally arrived in Washington, DC!

The Jack Rose Saloon
{via Yelp}

wWw had its inaugural event at The Jack Rose Saloon, a raucous reference library of whiskies from around the world, featuring some choice local selections as well.  

We tested out Jack Rose’s Whiskey Cellar, a more intimate space that’s out the back, down the emergency exit stairwell, past a nice fellow with a clipboard named Yvan, and through a Japanese-style sliding door into an Adirondack style drawing room.

True to wWw form, we got into a bit of trouble, and, in typical wWw fashion, we managed to charm our way out of trouble.

The event was a bigger hit than even I had expected, and we managed to test Jack Rose’s policy on limiting the number of people allowed in the special Whiskey Cellar.  That venue is only open on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Saturday nights a reservation is mandatory.  (The Cellar normally doesn't take large groups, but made an exception for this smooth talker.)  Still, it's an atmospheric, intimate spot with a speakeasy vibe and a warm glow that goes perfectly with a whiskey neat. 

Drinks were much appreciated by these friends/coworkers,
who toasted to Friday nights and probably tried to bill
the whiskey as an "expense".

As opposed to the upstairs main room, where large crowds have bartenders zipping around the whisky shelves like an Oxford librarian and flipping cocktails with athletic speed and precision, the Cellar has one bartender who carefully crafts each cocktail, and he’s in no rush.  

Our Manhattans and Old Fashions took some time, but when they came we were very happy with the results.

Celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, and life!

Jack Rose’s selection is extensive and changes frequently, so it’s best to discuss your order with the bartenders and have them point you in the right direction.

I have to find more of
this nectar of the God-like
I ended up drinking a Barterhouse 20-Year Old Bourbon (Orphan Barrel), a lovely, sweet, spicy, charred-oak whiskey, NEAT (a friend ordered it up and that turned the whiskey from “somewhat delicate and complex” to “meh” right quick.

wWw is now in the District! Washingtoniennes/Distrixes, keep an eye out for future events.

Women of DC who like whiskey (and friends of!), here is my card
Women who like whiskey, and people who like those women who whiskey (teetotalers, gentleman, etc.), you've got a new community right here.

It's was a pleasure hosting the inaugural Women Who Whiskey (Washington, DC Chapter) event. Here's looking to a many more!