Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey (USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Some facts about Tennessee whiskey via Wiki:

  • use of sour mashing – a process of adding previous spent mash (grain, malt, water, active yeast) to the new mash in order to control consistency of product
  • Jack uses the Lincoln county processwhere the whiskey is passed through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal which is supposed improve the smoothness.
  • Jack is just 1 of 5 Tennessee whiskey producers in the world (1/2013)

Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey, 40% ABV – 750ml, (Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA)

  • Style: Tennesse Whiskey
  • Taste Profile: Caramel/vanilla -> warmth/alcohol/heat -> mellow smooth caramel woody finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: (was $30), now $32, sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: only after I’ve tried the other 4 Tennessee whiskies
  • Would I recommend this to non-whiskey drinkers: yeah, it’s actually pretty darn smooth

My first memories of Jack was about 10 years ago when I was a total liquor newb and I shared a bottle with about 3 other guys on a ski trip. After skiing for the day, what better way to relax than Jack and PPV pr0n at the hotel. Never having tried Jack I took a whiff and choked as I gasped for air. My friend took and sip and cried out “This tastes like gasoline!!!”. Needless to say we had a good time.

Tasting notes (neat, room temp): pours caramel brown but a shade lighter than Kentucky Bourbon (eg. Buffalo Trace). Very aromatic sweet caramel/honey/maple nose with burning alcohol as you stick your nose in deeper. Drinks with a slight oily/mainly watery mouthfeel, 5/10-sweetness, tastes of caramel, vanilla, mild oak, increasing warmth, tingly and medium alcoholic heat in the mids, finishing clean woody caramelish. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good drinkability. The Lincoln county process seems to make it smooth IMO.

(2nd Tasting 2/2013): On the rocks. Actually on one big spherical rock. I usually like drinks neat and such is the case particularly with JD. Dilution makes JD watery and tasteless to the point where it’s like you’re drinking McDonald’s cola that has been sitting for awhile. Granted it’s even smoother now, but just doesn’t taste right without the dense caramel and woody flavour. D-, never drink JD on the rocks!!