|Jack Daniel's, Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey |
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 is the best-selling whiskey in America, but the ultimate expression of 'JD' is Single Barrel, introduced in February 1997 and now widely available outside the USA. It was the first charcoal-mellowed whiskey to be offered in single barrel format, the equivalent of a single cask Scotch single malt, with each bottling differing subtly in character.
According to the distillers, the barrels selected are "...the ones with the smoothest taste and the most intense flavour of varying degrees of toasted oak, caramel and vanilla...Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is always found in the upper most parts of the barrelhouse - they like to call this the 'Penthouse.' Because every barrel is different and in various locations in the barrelhouses no two barrels are the same."
The release sampled was sourced from rick no. L-27, barrel no. 9-2204, and was bottled on 24th June 2009. It offers a distinctive aroma of cream soda, apricots, cherry-flavoured cough lozenges and a hint of sweet smoke. The palate is rich, full and slightly oily, with roses, Turkish Delight and smoky oak notes. Nuts, caramel and more oak with the addition of water. Spicy rye, oak and Turkish Delight figure in the lengthy finish.
45.0% ABV, 70cl, £35.00, Tesco, specialist whisky merchants.