Rick #: L-21
Barrel #: 15-5657
Bottling Date: 10-7-2015
Bottling Date: 128.6
I have to admit, like many in the whiskey/bourbon community, Jack Daniel’s really fell off my radar since my college days. I viewed it as the cheap mixer that had no place in my whiskey cabinet. Over the years I saw the Jack Daniel’s single barrels and Frank Sinatra special releases, but never gave them much thought. Heck, it isn’t even bourbon, but of a lesser Tennessee whiskey. However, my bourbon buddy (see what I did there) Stephen, from fletcherwhsikeydog.com has a very interesting write up on how Jack Daniel’s is technically bourbon, but they just choose not to call it bourbon. I highly recommend the read. I’ll provide a link to the specific write up in the comment section below.
In late 2015 Jack Daniel’s released a new bottle that would make any whiskey enthusiast’s head turn by using keywords, “single barrel” and “barrel proof”. Okay, Jack Daniel’s. You got my attention. Let’s see what you got to offer……….
Nose: Heavy maple, brown sugar, old oak, and caramel. Sweet nose. Love it.
Palate: Wow! What a glorious rich mouth feel. One of the best I have ever tasted. Heavy caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate. Nice rounded palate.
Finish: Medium to long finish. The sweetness continues. Caramel, old smokey oak that hangs around, which I really like.
Overall: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
This is a very well balanced rich pour. Nice deep sweet and oak notes on the palate. Just a great pour at a reasonable price in today’s market. I think I prefer Booker’s just a touch more.