Jack Daniels Tasting Notes

Posted: May 18, 2013 in American Whiskies, Tennessee

Jack Daniels Old No7 40%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2013

A soft, extremely sweet nose of fat corn, caramel (thankfully not burnt!) and oak. A little flabby with a semblance of earthy rye and violet. However the overall impression is of uber-sweetness.

The palate is sweet and oily with a subtle corn fatness. One dimensional with some unfocused oak and no balancing rye. Simple, caramel sweet and cloying finish, but a little raw spirit does come through along with a slight oak bitterness.

Gentleman Jack 40%

Tasted: April 2012

A plasticy, burnt toffee and high toned, young corn nose. Acerbic and falsely sweet.

The palate isn’t a great deal better. Soft, innocuous and artificially sweet with burnt toffee/ caramel and a distinctly plasticy  bitter finish. There’s so many off notes it’s untrue. No class!….. And you have to fork out £40 for this? Grim!

Jack Daniels Single Barrel 45%

Barrel No. 8-3277 09-12-08/ Tasted: Feb 2009

A sweet and slightly syrupy opening with thick, caramel and vanilla lace grains. Slightly earthy with a violet note. A pleasant depth with a slightly orange note. Surprisingly light in the mouth with no shortage of pepper and spices complimented by natural caramel, oak and lively grains. A touch short but it has a wonderful, pure vanilla pod note in the finish. Good intensity though. A drop of water emphasises the soft, caramel graininess of the nose and relegates the sweetness somewhat. On the palate it subdues the intensity and homogenises somewhat but doesn’t tame the pulsating spices and wood notes. It also brings out a touch of toffee coated banana in the after taste. In conclusion it is rather good and definitely a step above the sweet and sickly No7.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel 45%

Barrel 19-6510 Rick R5/ Btl: Oct 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Aromas of sweet corn, balanced by sour cherries and hints of rye spice and toasty oak. Late hints of earth and orange conserve.

The palate is full, opening with the fat corn, but there is plenty of edgy, slightly herbal and spicy rye to balance. The rye notes really build on the middle, along with hints of earth and bitter, dark chocolate tannins. Long and spicy with toasty oak, sweet cinnamon, liquorice, coriander and chocolate powder finish.

Jack Daniels Silver Select 50%

Single Barrel No 10-2396 Rick L-22/ Tasted: June 2011

A very big, sweet, corn fat nose, with an explosion of equally big sweet oak. There is a suggestion of taught rye notes beneath, which tries hard to balance the sweetness. With time a touch of oily, herbal orange appears. Hmm, I really want to like this nose, but to be honest, it’s not particularly complex. Yes it’s big, brash and deep but it seems to lack the finesse of the ‘single barrel’ expression.

The palate is big and upfront, full of soft, sweet candy floss corn and wheat. The rye does nip with the alcohol but I get the feeling that there is not enough of it in the mash. Damn the oak really holds it fast; it’s very intense and dominating with marzipan and vanilla oils. In the mouth it’s very linear and well, probably best described as……… solid. Good length with some clean (?) earth and spice notes.

With water the nose becomes even denser and oilier. Those rampant oils really subdued the nose now. Maybe there’s a soupcon more honey now, but it’s lumpen and solid. The palate is much the same. Its lumpeness and lack of elegance is quite surprising. Maybe there is a touch of menthol and liquorice but the oak tannins dramatically bitter the finish.

On the evidence of this tasting I would stick with the cheaper ‘single barrel’ bottling.


Jack Daniels Rested Tennessee Rye 40%

70% Rye, 18% Corn, 12% Mated Barley

Batch 2/ Dist: Aug 2013 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Very bubblegummy aromas of sweet banana corn and vanilla oak. Hints of peppery rye spice attempt to push through but the sweet corn and oak is overly dominating.

The palate displays virtually no rye character, rather it is overwhelmed by the sweet banana corn and oak. A little chocolaty spice and herbal notes appear but there is no dislodging the corn and oak. Long and remaining sweet and vanilla’d with finally a little rye bite in the finish, but it’s too little too late. In conclusion: The oak is too aggressive and the rye hasn’t had time to develop at all.


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