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Jack Daniel's Original (No.7)

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

25th Aug 2011


Jack Daniel's Original (No.7)
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I told myself I wouldn't bother writing about whiskies I've had a million times, but there's not denying Jack. Anyone can drink and enjoy this. Starts off in the glass somewhat oily (with good legs), and a smoky aroma carrying caramel and vanilla. Then you are hit with the woody peppery taste, with charcoal (with which it is filtered), cough medicine and maple - sweet and hot. A little water brings out salty and citrusy elements (though it's best on the rocks, I think). Long and surprisingly smooth finish. As good a mass market whisky as I've had; if Slash can drink it, so can anyone. Best enjoyed while you're a) playing poker, b) reading the Keith Richards autobiography, or c) snorting coke off a hooker's ass.

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Pudge72 commented

I wonder how c) affects the nose of the JD?! :) My wife has been reading rock star autobiographies lately (just finished the one on Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers), including Slash's contribution to the genre..."interesting" would be an understatement.

As for the whisky itself, I found some nice lively notes that I hadn't expected from this one, when I tried it neat several months ago. However, a "cap" (a second layer of flavour/aroma notes) of alcohol affected my enjoyment of both the nose and the palate. I would consider it to be very unbalanced in that sense.

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talexander commented

I agree with you about the JD - it is unbalanced. The flavours crash into each other - not a subtle whisky at all. Yet it somehow works for what it is. It's like the Clockwork Orange of whiskies - either you get into it, or it's just too much and is a turn-off.

Ohhh I tried to read the Slash autobiography -- it was so badly written I couldn't get through it....


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