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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.