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I don't particularly like No.7 nor do I enjoy Gentleman Jack. I've tried both but wouldn't buy a bottle. So I wasn't expecting a drastic improvement from GJ/No.7 to SB but I was wrong.
Nose: So unlike the standard Jacks. Nutmeg, allspice, barrel char, cinnamon wood, anise. It has a sweet side that also wafts up from the Glencairn which consists of burnt sugar, toffee, and marshmallow. The nose also portrays another facet of grains, mostly rye.
Taste: A sweet arrival that stays on for the whole journey. The toffee and sugars show up as does the barrel char. There are some burnt wood flavors here, mostly cedar and maple. The rye from the nose revisits with a tingling spice. A surprising taste of coconut flesh emerges as well. The Body of this whiskey is oily, with a syrupy viscosity. Has good weight to it.
Finish: All spice, more wood flavors, and rye. Very oily, leaves the mouth well coated. However, this isn't consistent as with follow up sips the finish turns dry.
Overall it's impressive. In a blind taste test I don't know if someone who hasn't tasted Jack SB before, would realize that this and Old No.7 are from the same distillery.