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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Yet another JD SB

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

30th Mar 2017


Jack Daniel's Single Barrel
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I'm almost ready for bed (my girlfriend is passed out on the couch next to me), so hey let's review another Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, just for shits and giggles. And I know for most of you, Jack Daniel's is indeed the shits...

This is Barrel No. 16-6575, from Rick R6, and bottled on Oct 17 2016. It's been open for a few months.

The colour is a very dark, reddish amber. Very rich on the nose with charcoal, maple, black pepper and liquorice. Malty, also fruity with overripe apples and bananas, and also black cherries. Really big oak. Sweet corn. Savoury herbs. A drop of water brings out tons of wood smoke! Quite heavy and rich, even for JD SB. I quite enjoy it.

On the palate, it's pretty fruity as well, with more tropical fruits (banana, papaya) but also quite herbal with rosemary and sage. Surprisingly citrusy as well. The sweetness is nicely balanced by the huge oak. Buttered corn on the cob. Maltier, and more citrusy, with a drop of water. Very interesting!

The finish is a slight disappointment - too short, but with some nice oak and spice, and a little balsamic right at the end. This is one of the best Single Barrels I've come across - it's extremely rich but beautifully balanced between wood, fruit, spice and sweetness. The last barrel I reviewed - 16-1620 - scored an 81, and tasting it side-by-side with 16-6575, it doesn't stand a chance. Where the slightly older bottling is thin and quieter, the more recent one is big and bold.

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Nozinan commented

You're right....the gut reaction is...next?

I think it's a learned response.

I can't remember ever trying any JD (unless I tried a single barrel at your place sometime) and yet I'm tempted to turn up my nose. Yet I'm sometimes willing to try other stuff with generic production values.

I won't buy a bottle, but I think I will be more open-minded about trying it in the future, for educational purposes... maybe if a sample were to come my way...

7 years ago 0

talexander commented

Well,next time we get together, you can try one if you like. Or you can just go by the assumption that it's the shits.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, even a blind hog gets an acorn once in a while. If you keep tasting Jack Daniel's with an open mind you are likely to find a few that you can like. I have found several to like, despite greatly disliking a number of first tastes of Jack Daniel's up 'til then. The percentage of samples I liked is still so low that I would never trust to buy any bottle of Jack Daniel's without knowing in advance what that particular batch tasted like. I've liked maybe one in four samples of JD I've had. I think that I kept tasting it repeatedly over years to try to understand why so many people buy, drink, and even love, this juice which usually tastes so bad to me. The bottom line to me is that Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 usually tastes very good mixed with Coke.

The only non-mini bottle of Jack which I have ever bought was a 50-50 split bottle of Single Barrel Barrel Proof with and at the suggestion of @Nock. That one I love. I would still consider it a risk to buy even the SBBP.

@talexander, thanks for your review. The heart likes what the heart likes.

7 years ago 3Who liked this?

Pete1969 commented

@talexander nice to see you are still reviewing different single barrels. At £40 in U.K. I just find so much else that piques my interest more I can still relate to JD as without it I would not drink whisky and JD Coke and ice is still a go to holiday drink although I prefer JB white that way.

My taste in American whisky/bourbon has moved on and Four Roses single barrel is cheaper and IMHO superior to JD but I still really want to try the Barrel proof JD. I would never turn down JD single barrel and can even admit to enjoying it (always loved the banana notes) but considering how much they pump out the price point is steep.

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