Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof is produced by the Jack Daniels Distillery, located in Lynchburg, Tennessee. This is the latest product in the Single Barrel lineup and was nationally released in August of 2015. The Jack Daniels Distillery has been owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 1956 and is the #1 selling American Whiskey worldwide. However, not be confused with the #1 selling Bourbon worldwide which is Jim Beam. What is the difference?
Jack Daniel's markets their products as "Tennessee Whiskey" however by definition meets all the federal criteria to be labeled and classified as Bourbon. What separates Tennessee Whiskey from Bourbon Whiskey? Tennessee Whiskey employs the "Lincoln County Process" which is a method of filtering the distillate through sugar maple charcoal prior to entering the barrel for aging. Bourbons that are filtered are done so prior to bottling and can employ a variety of methods. In 2013 Tennessee passed a bill that further defined "Tennessee Whiskey" in an effort to protect the state spirit. For more information on the legal definition of Tennessee Whiskey as well as the law passed in 2013 check out Chuck Cowdery's Blog.
Cost: Between $60 and $70 in SC. MSRP is $65 according to initial press release.
Distillery: Jack Daniel's Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee
Mashbill: 80% Corn / 8% Rye / 12% Barley
Pour: 2 oz neat in a Canadian Glencairn
Nose: Rock candy, ground nutmeg, oak, old leather, green peppercorns, vanilla pudding. Hints of the classic JD nose that is sweet, charred oak and nutmeg.
Palate: Medium viscosity. Burnt sugar and baking spices with pronounced nutmeg. I feel like there should be more here for a big barrel proofer.
Finish: Bitter, short, and hot with a noticeable drying affect on my tongue and mouth. I feel like I might burst into flames if I don't chug a glass of water.
To sum up the tasting notes: Molten nutmeg rock candy with a fiery core.
Ok, full disclosure here - I have never been a huge fan of JD products. There is a very consistent house flavor and aroma that persists across a number of JD products I have tried that just isn't my jam. However, I will give JD credit where credit is due - their product seems to be consistent across multiple expressions. That being said, fans of the #7 and the Single Barrel Select this will likely enjoy the Barrel Proof expression.
Getting past my hangup for JD products, I will say that I like this expression better than the #7 and the SBS simply because the nose is less sweet. Now, at a price tag right around $65 I just cannot recommend this to anyone who is not a diehard fan of JD products. There are plenty other Barrel Proof products on the shelves that are absolutely bursting with flavors. Maybe the perceived lack of flavor is related to the "Lincoln County Process" removing character from the distillate prior to barrel aging. Take my opinion with a grain of salt but sacrificing flavor for perceived smoothness is to whiskey as lite is to beer.
- Mark @ Entry Proof