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Allow me to finish up my line-up of Americans with a single barrel from Jack Daniel’s. This barrel was bottled on 9th July 2012 at 45% ABV (or 90 proof). It sticks to the glass.
The honeysweet nose shows quite some grain, sweet corn and oak. A truckload of toffee and a hint of toasted oak. Then brown sugar and sweet cherries follow. A touch of spearmint. Maple syrup. This is better than expected.
It is nicely creamy and round with an immediate attack of sweet grains and toffee. Then the rye makes for a nice spicy kick. Aniseed, even. Hints of leather and liquorice. Maraschino cherries and tobacco. This is actually quite complex.
The medium long finish on maple syrup suddently shows a hint of citrus. Surprising and less drying than I feared.
I am not a big fan of Jack, but this one gets it right. Rich and intense.