Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey
What the Distillery Says:
It’s whiskey as nature intended it—bottled straight from the barrel at its full proof. Intense, smooth, and remarkably varied, Barrel Proof is bottled at anywhere from 125 to 140-proof, taking Jack’s trademark vanilla and toasted oak flavors to bold new levels.
What Gary Says:
Nose: Hot, rich sweetness, honey, cinnamon, hints of banana and sticky toffee pudding.
Palate: Thick mouthfeel, sweet but biting with vanilla, caramel apple, and over-ripe bananas with candied pralines. Water tames the heat, and brings some notes of maple syrup.
Finish: On the short side and drying.
Comments: This won’t be mistaken for your daddy’s Jack Daniels – but at the same time is unmistakably “Jack”. That Lincoln County Process mellowing is there throughout, along with the bananas (which I particularly enjoy) – but there is a lot more going on. When I learned that they were offering a barrel proof Jack Daniels, my whisk(e)y geek neck-hairs stood at attention. I bought the first bottle I saw, and wasn’t disappointed. If you’re a fan of Jack Daniels, I’d definitely recommend this whiskey. If you’re not because you find Jack “too sweet” compared with bourbon, I’d still recommend you try it if you have a chance. It might surprise you.
Rating: Must Try
What Richard Says:
Nose: Fiery and rich. Viscous sweets of melted cinnamon Red Hots, caramel, and banana pudding.
Palate: Even richer and more viscous on the palate than the nose. It’s so oozingly sweet that it delays the heat from the barrel proof alcohol. Praline pecans, toffee crisps, vanilla cream candies.
Finish: Uncomplicated and dominated by the heat of the alcohol. With water it’s more muted and short.
Comments: Wow! This one is hot but delicious. It takes practice to get the water dilution just right but when you do its syrupy sweet and rich as hell. This is everything good about Jack Daniels with none of the bad stuff. A fine dessert whiskey.
Rating: Must Try