Tennessee Whiskey Review
Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select
From the Distillery Website
OUR SIGNATURE SINGLE BARREL OFFERING.
Bottled at 94-proof, Single Barrel Select layers subtle notes of caramel and spice with bright fruit notes and sweet aromatics for a Tennessee Whiskey with one-of-a-kind flavor.
DRAWS DISTINCT FLAVORS FROM BARREL
NOTES OF CARAMEL AND SPICE
WHISKY RESOURCE Comment:
There is no information about Chill Filtration or Colour, this is reflected in the value score. Technically JD is a Bourbon and as such should have no added colour, but since they use the Lincoln County Process and don't label their Whiskey 'Bourbon' other rules may apply. How ever the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) classifies Tennessee whiskey as "a straight Bourbon Whiskey authorised to be produced only in the State of Tennessee", therefore there should be NO added colour. We await definite confirmation, however, we do not dock points for colour at this time.
Note: We reviewed a bottle from a couple of years ago, Single Barrel Select has since been increased to 47% ABV.
Continuing with whisky / whiskey we suggest could make a decent Christmas gift for the whisky enthusuast in your life, without spending too much money, we have a review of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey.
We would probably add that if you or the person your are buying for doesn't mind Jack Daniels, then the Single Barrel Select is better version of Old Number 7.
Bottled at 45% ABV, it is slightly stronger than the standard bottling, 40% in the UK, although the special edition releases that Jack Daniels have a reputation for releasing have been bottled at 43%, you can see our review here.
Like US bourbon law, it is natural colour, however, it is not clear whether the Single Barrel Select has been chill filtered, so for our value score we have gone with it being chill filtered. It can be found online for an average retail price of £43.98, however, this price is higher than we would recommend, shop around, usually the supermarkets have it on offer for as low as £25-30 which is closer to what we believe it should retail for. For its value score it achieves slightly better than Old No 7 with 85.21
Single Barrel Select, as the name explains are selected barrels of Jack Daniels, which the distiller believes to be better quality than the usual barrels that go into make Old No 7. These selected barrels are then bottled with mixing of barrels.
On the nose this is very much the classic Jack Daniels Old Number 7 nose of Vanilla, Caramel, Maple, Oak and barrel influenced spices. However, the higher ABV just makes everything a little sweeter and characterful, its very much an improved Old Number 7 nose.
The palate is the same story, it has the caramel, honey, oak and banana that you would expect, but it is smoother, some of the rougher notes has been toned down, making this a much more enjoyable sipping whiskey, however, it still doesn't have quite enough interested to keep you sipping past a couple of drams, at this point ice and cola would join the party. It is an obvious improvement on Old Number 7 and indeed Gentleman Jack which we are still to review, as such it makes our list of whiskies that could make the christmas present list.
If the contents aren't enjoyed as much as expected then the bottle would make a great decanter or infinity bottle. For an overall score we give it 85 out of 100.