Jack Daniel's is an interesting case study. Just about everyone has a Jack & Coke (aka a "Lemmy") story. Jack Daniel's is the world's best selling whiskey brand. HOWEVER, many "experts", some of whom have been drinking whiskey quite seriously for many weeks while doing their research at Google University, have decided that Jack Daniel's isn't worthy of their refined palates. Lucky for me, I'm neither a professional, a connoisseur, or an expert. I just like whiskey. I like the standard Old No.7 just fine and I was also happy to get a sample of this Barrel Proof Single Barrel from @fiddich1980
Now for some specifics: the bottle whence came this sample was from SAQ (Quebec) profile #2, Barrel 18-9850 from L-1, Rick #9. To my knowledge Jack Daniel's uses the same mashbill for all their Tennessee Whiskey; 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye.
From a Glencairn
- Nose (undiluted): classic JD banana and toffee, a bit of wood varnish, walnuts, vanilla, brown sugar
- Palate (undiluted): big bold arrival, walnut oil, banana, oaky, vanilla
- Finish: long and lingering, slightly pulling oak tannins, more walnut and banana
- Thoughts: this is JD on steroids and I’m really digging it. It’s not the most complex whiskey I’ve ever had but I really enjoy it. Adding water actually tones down the banana a bit and allows the walnut and vanilla to come forward. This is much nuttier than most other JD offerings and I really like that about this whiskey.