Jack vs Jim - the two heavyweights of American whiskey
| 13 Nov 2011 |
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7:
The nose is fragrant and in-your-face with apricot, almond, caramel, peppermint, vanilla and oak. Complex and
quite nice yet a little spirity. Intense, powerful palate yet clean with a nice sweetness as well as notes of citrus, mint
and vanilla. Oaky, spicy finish. All in all nice but very powerful (sometimes I like it, sometimes I find it too intense).
Jim Beam Black Label:
The nose has nice notes of oak, vanilla and a hint of fennel. Unfortunately it's also a little earthy.
Rich, sweet palate but a little "dirty" and unbalanced. Develops nice notes of oak and fruits, however.
Also some heat. The finish is hot, spicy and quite dry. Disappointing.
Jim Beam White Label:
Vanilla, apricot, orange, white pepper and oak on the nose. Also a note of rye. Nice and complex yet slightly spirity.
The palate is fairly light with sweet corn and orange at first, then drying, develops dry rye notes and oak.
It's fairly thin in flavour but at the same time spicy with some alcohol burn. Disappointing finish: oaky with herbal
notes that don't work with the oak. It also has a cloying sweetness.
Jim Beam Yellow Label (straight rye):
Unusual nose with a dusty, earthy rye note, also cereally and a little spirity with a note of solvent. Powerful,
oaky, spicy palate. Dry and a bit harsh but develops nice notes of vanilla and orange. Spicy, fiery yet nice finish.
All in all entertaining with lots of character but lacks balance.
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