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Jack Daniels Old No 7 Tennessee Whiskey

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Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniels Old Number 7
Tennessee Whiskey

40% or 43% ABV

From the Distillers Website

From the Distilleries Website

CHARCOAL MELLOWED. DROP BY DROP.

Mellowed drop by drop through 10-feet of sugar maple charcoal, then matured in handcrafted barrels of our own making. And our Tennessee Whiskey doesn’t follow a calendar. It’s only ready when our tasters say it is. We judge it by the way it looks. By its aroma. And of course, by the way it tastes. It’s how Jack Daniel himself did it over a century ago. And how we still do it today.


See the tasting note video by Jack Daniels

WHISKY RESOURCE Comment:

There is no information about Chill Filtration or Colour, this is reflected in the value score. There is some discussion that JD No7 is chill filtered and may have added colour.

Our Review

Jack Daniels Old Number 7 is a Tennessee Whiskey, technically it meets all of the legal definitions as a bourbon and it is the category that we have listed it under on our site (for the moment maybe). But Jack Daniels don't label Old Number 7 as a Bourbon, they choose an extra step in their process, the 'Lincoln County Process' to differentiate their whiskey to bourbon. The Lincoln County Process is the final stage before the whiskey does into the charred new American oak and involves filtering the whiskey through maple, it does add a distinct nose and flavour to the whiskey.

If you have been online or indeed in physical stores over the last 3 or 4 years you may have noticed various different versions of Jack Daniels, all presented at 43% abv, here we are talking about the Master Distiller Series (currently on version 6), The Red Dog Saloon which is a 125 year celebration edition and the Legacy Editions which currently there are 2 versions. You may be a Jack Daniels Fan, so these editions are essentially presented for you, maybe because you collect JD as it is affectionately known. But to the consumer what are these editions? are they different?

To clear things up, they are bottled at a higher strength of 43% abv versus the regular UK strength of 40% abv, but that is where the difference ends. They are the same product. Our YouTube review looks at each of the 3 editions mentioned above and confirms that they indeed smell and taste the same. We should add that these versions are a touch sweeter then the 'Regular' 40% abv bottling, which is still available.

On the nose it is sweet with vanilla and a little honey. There is oak and maple, but not so much any spice.

On the palate its the same story, its honey sweet vanilla and maple. But there is also a little estery fruit which presents a banana. There is a touch of caramel and lots of oak, not as much as Jim Beam Devils Cut, but more than the regular Jim Beam White Label.

Its an enjoyable drink for an occasional neat dram, but we find that one is enough, there isn't enough complexity to make it multi dram sipper. Adding a mixed or some ice is a logical thing to do with this whiskey. 

As for the numerous versions, well, they omit the 'Old Number 7' text, which, for our mind is a little bit of marketing manipulation persuading the consumer they are getting a special JD, it only 3% different. Whether it tastes any better, that is subjective. We give it (all versions) a score of 83/100.

Our YouTube Review

Additional Info

  • Country: USA
  • Region: Tennessee
  • Chill Filtered: Unknown
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: American white oak Matured then charcoal filtered
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Corn, Barley, Rye
  • Bottle Sizes: 50ml Minature, 700ml, 1 Litre, 750ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Beginner
  • Average Price (or RRP): £23.68
  • Value Score: 83.08
  • Our Score: 83
  • Ownership: Brown-Forman
  • Bottle Stopper: Screw Cap
  • Brand: Jack Daniels
  • Packaging: Box
  • Category: Tennessee Whiskey
  • Corn: 80%
  • Rye: 8%
  • Barley: 12%
  • Barrel Char Level: 3
  • Peat (ppm): undefined
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