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I've got a few Jack Daniel's bottles sitting around so let's do a run of them...
This limited edition honours the memory of the 2nd (and longest serving) Master Distiller, Jesse Butler "Jess" Motlow. When Jack Daniel died in 1911, he left the business to his nephew Lem Motlow, and had Lem's younger brother Jess take the role of master distiller. He held that position for thirty years, but for most of that time the distillery was closed due to Tennessee Prohibition, then national Prohibition. Luckily, Jess had an excellent memory and was able to not only rebuild the distillery after Prohibition was repealed in 1937, but knew by heart the recipe and process for making Jack Daniel's. Without Jess, Jack Daniel's may not have survived Prohibition.
The colour is a medium caramel with orange highlights. On the nose we have charcoal, dark maple syrup, burnt toffee and buckets of vanilla. Freshly ground black pepper. Mint. Tons of oak. Seems to be more rye spice in the background than in Old No. 7 - and is more herbal and floral. A drop of water tames the oak while making it even more floral. Surprisingly elegant.
Rather spicy on the palate, with pepper, chilis and cumin. Mouth-coating with similar notes of vanilla and burnt toffee, also lemon curd and candy apple. Water brings out more fruity notes (apple, banana, peach). More robust and complex than the usual JD.
The finish is oaky, rye-forward and features more maple syrup, with creme brûlée and wood smoke. This is an excellent variant of the standard JD, with most of the elements turned up while somehow retaining an elegance that you don't normally get with this. Doesn't reach the heights of the best single barrels but if you are a Jack Daniel's drinker, buy this one for as long as you can before it is gone.