I can't believe it's taken me this
long to review a Jack Daniels whiskey! While I spent my early years in Memphis,
becoming familiar with good ole Jack, I must confess it has never been
something near and dear to my heart. When I heard Brown-Forman
had plans to release a single barrel, barrel proof product, I
was all in.
Jack Daniels is labeled as a Tennessee whiskey, meaning it must be a
straight bourbon whiskey produced in the State of Tennessee. What makes Jack
Daniels unique (from most Kentucky bourbons) is the use of the Lincoln County process. This is a method by which the
whiskey is filtered using columns of sugar maple charcoal. It gives Jack
Daniels (and most other Tennessee whiskey) that unique, sweet, and
almost artificial flavor.
No Age Statement
Nose: I'd never
thought a 130+ proof whiskey could remind me of my childhood, but this is a
walk down memory lane; it literally smells like Bubblicious gum and
Coke! It's a very vibrant nose, packed with a heavy cola
influence, artificial sugars, vanilla bean, caramel, sweet corn, and barrel char.
soda influence dominates the palate. Dr. Pepper spices, cherry
syrup, and cola. Tons of sweetness; every flavor seems to have a sugar tinge
added to it. The bubble gum note remains vibrant, and is followed by a a hot
Finish:A very long finish full of sugar and barrel char.
Conclusion:If you are a
fan of Jack & Coke cocktails then will really enjoy drinking this
neat. It's a super sweet whiskey with bold character. I'm personally not a
huge Jack Daniels fan, but this is hands down their best whiskey to date. I
will enjoy the bottle, but I won’t keep it stocked behind the bar.
Maker's Mark 46 was
the first bourbon I reviewed for The Blundon Bourbon Review! I thoroughly
enjoyed it, and was ecstatic when I heard they were making a cask strength
version. This is currently only available in the Distillery gift shop, however, it
will no doubt follow suit and get released nationally within the months to
come. The process for 46 includes adding French oak staves into the barrel
before aging for an additional 10x weeks. This is done only during the winter
months (less interaction with the barrel), which adds a sweet complexity not
found in the regular Maker's Mark bourbon.
Finished with Oak
Staves No Age Statement 110.8 proof $40 / 375ml Nose: Up
front lays an intense, sweet spice. Red hot candies and cinnamon. It opens into
waves of sweetness; lots of maple! Coffee ice cream, butter, and cherries
combine for a mouthwatering aroma. Taste: Thisfirst
expresses itself as an extremely sweet bourbon with maple,
butterscotch, and bubblegum...then comes the spice! The thick mouth feel
prolongs bold flavors of tobacco, red hots, and cinnamon.
Finish:Long and complex with a nice balance of sweet and
spice. Butterscotch, cinnamon, and tobacco linger for a delicious
finish. Conclusion:Even as a cask
strength expression, this is more robust than I anticipated. It has
the most kick out of any Maker's Mark bourbons; while its more on the sweeter
side, if you are a fan of the brand, you will enjoy this. I look forward
to buying a 750ml when it's released nationally. My Rating: B+ (Very Good) Follow @Blundon_Bourbon