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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

Hard To Figure Out

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mReview by @mhock66

8th Aug 2018


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I bought this one to try a different JD.

It pours a nice deep amber, and leaves an oily ring on the glass.

I had it both neat and with about a half teaspoon of water.

Undiluted, I did not pick up any significant scent. With water, I got some cinnamon and wood, with a bit of char in the background.

The first sip is a massive alcohol burn that almost numbs the tongue. It fills the mouth with some leather and oak, and cinnamon. There is a Buffalo Trace sweetness to this. The tastes are similar both neat and with water. The water only serves to lessen the alcohol burn.

The aftertaste is somewhat short, with a licorice and char taste. It also leaves an unpleasant bitterness that doesn’t go away quickly.

Overall, this is just ok. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again. I hope that future tastings will reveal some flavors I’ve missed.

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cricklewood commented

Thanks for the review, less than favorable reviews are important, I have come to embrace these experience as formative, although every so often you just taste something so off putting.

As a single barrel there is inherently more product variation but I have enjoyed my recent JDSB experiences. I've purchased 3 bottles in the last 2 years (all different casks) and I was pleasantly surprised each time, that said I had no expectation coming in. All of them improved significantly with air exposure, the last bottle being particularly spectacular in it's last third after being forgotten for a couple of months after I reviewed it. I hope yours improves with time, let us know how it goes.

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casualtorture commented

Get the barrel proof. The regular SB is meh. The barrel proof is heavenly.

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cricklewood commented

@casualtorture, I don't think the barrel proof is available outside the US (I could be wrong), I wish we could get some of that lovely juice this way, I have an inkling I would really dig that profile once it's doled out uncut and amped up.

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Nozinan commented

I tasted some of the barrel proof from @talexander, and it blew me away. Had I known I wouldn't be paying ~$80 duty on the one I saw in Maryland, I would have picked it up...

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casualtorture commented

@cricklewood If I ever travel to QC I'll bring you a bottle. Honestly it's worth crossing the border for. Better than Stagg Jr imo.

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Robert99 commented

@mhock66 Ialso had a few bottles and did find big variations. For me air exposure helped more the one that were already good.

@casualtorture That is good information. JDSB was the first JD I really enjoyed, if the cask strenght is better than Stagg Jr, I would definetively like it.

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