Four bourbons - two from Kentucky and two from Tennessee
| 28 Jun 2012 |
Fragrant, fruity nose with vanilla, marzipan and rye. Not bad (but a little vulgar). The palate is light and
sweet at first but grows more powerful and develops notes of rye, spices and oak. A little too sweet and
not quite balanced. Like the nose it's a bit vulgar. Oaky, spicy, warming finish.
Vanilla, marzipan and apricot on the nose. Also a dusty cereal note (signifies rye in the mash bill). Restrained
but nice. The palate is fairly light and mild, sweet and fruity with apricot and orange, also a little oaky.
Nice but short finish with notes of vanilla and oak. Also spicy with a note of marzipan at the end.
All in all mild and balanced. An uncomplicated, easy-drinking bourbon. Distilled at Heaven Hill.
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack:
Fragrant, rather nice nose with vanilla, marzipan, apricot and oak shavings. Also a cereal note.
Light, sweet, fruity palate with a note of peppermint. Drying, develops oak and a little heat. Rather nice.
Fruits, oak and vanilla on the finish. Also a little peppery. All in all smooth, nicely balanced and very drinkable.
(Much milder and decidedly nicer than the standard Jack Daniel's.)
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, 45%:
Big, fragrant nose with marzipan and apricot. Also spicy oak and white pepper (from the rye, I presume).
Very nice and well aged. The palate is clean but hot without water. With water it's light, sweet and
very nice with notes of orange and lemon. Nice finish with spicy oak and vanilla. All in all impressive
and very nicely balanced. Needs a drop of water to soften the heat.
Now that I've tasted the three standard expressions
of Jack Daniel's I've realized that they are very different, both in style and in quality.
The standard Jack Daniel's is simple but powerful (very rock'n'roll) but the other two really surprised me:
Gentleman Jack is mild and smooth (a very nice session bourbon) and the Single Barrel is a fine, complex sipping bourbon.
Jack Daniel's web site
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