Distillery: Jack Daniels Distillery
Age: NAS (Between 4-7 years)
Mashbill: 80% Corn, 12% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
BACKGROUND: Although Jack Daniels is not labeled as a bourbon, Jack Daniels meets the bourbon classifications of being at least 2 years old, at least 51% corn, and aged in new charred oak barrels. Jack Daniels goes through a process called the Lincoln County Process after distillation which is where the whiskey it drips for six days in 10 foot vats through charcoal made by burning maple wood soaked in 140 proof Jack. The whiskey is then barreled in new charred oak barrels and ages for 4-7 years. Jack Daniel’s pulls barrels from the upper levels of the rickhouse for their single barrel bottlings, with the barrel proof version being released in varying proofs ranging from 125 to 140.
NOSE: Rich and bold scents of deep caramel, maple, hibiscus, and brown sugar with some warm rye spice, freshly roasted pecans, and cinnamon playing in the background. The proof is ever present but never over powering. (22/25)
PALATE: Wow! I was throughly surprised by this one as soon as it hit my tongue. Very sweet and rich flavors of brown sugar, black cherry, caramel, and cinnamon started this one off. The rye spice and proof start to rear their head towards the middle of the palate with an ever building bite. There is also a ton of barrel charred oak and toffee that kept
showing up every other sip. Overall, this is significantly better than the regular Jack Daniels but is definitely raw and uncut, made for the proof lover! (35/40)
FINISH: The finish is medium/long with flavors of charred oak, toffee, and ethanol. (21/25)
VALUE: With a $70 SRP this is a really good cask strength whiskey especially given the price of many other cask strength whiskey. (7/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof is a really is a really tasty and strong cask strength whiskey. It packs a punch while maintaining many of the adored Jack Daniels notes. For as much as some people knock Tennessee Whiskey, this one could be a daily drinker for anyone who enjoys cask strength whiskey.
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away