As far as my understanding goes, a couple of the bartenders from Single Barrel in downtown San Jose wanted to open their own place, and picked Los Gatos as their new home.
Jack Rose is off the beaten path in as far as 'Los Gatos' goes. Quietly nestled off the downtown main drag, they have made their home in an old Inn off of Los Gatos and Saratoga Rd., it's pretty hip, but not, in my opinion, in a bad way.
After scanning the menu, I decided on their house Manhattan. Apparently they blend several favorite whiskies, and age them in oak barrels for a few more months to get the flavors where they wanted it. I liked the Manhattan, but as a classic gal, I'll take mine with a little less complication next time, it felt a little heavier than I generally prefer.
The man ordered their, "Kentucky Buck," which combines bourbon, lime juice, ginger beer, and strawberries. Generally this is a favorite drink if we can find it on menus, but he found a hair in his drink and that didn't exact go over well.
Despite the hair, we ordered some of their olives. Not even kidding, they were the best olives I think I've ever had. So meaty, and the herbs mixed in there really kicked them up a notch.
The man played it safe with our next round and ordered himself one of their 4 tapped beers...
I ordered their, "Tupelo Honey," which I wasn't initially attracted to because it sounded mighty sweet (and I'm not generally a sweet tooth when it comes to cocktails) but the lady tender said she could make it for me with less of the barenjager honey and maple syrup. Loved the result. I don't imagine I would like it at all though had she used the regular proportions. However if you like bourbon, and you like sweet, and you also happen to like Old Fashions, this is your drink.
Overall we were pretty satisfied with the service, ambiance and overall experience... the only downside was that one (pleasebebeard) hair in his drink. I'll give it another go...