Jack Daniel’s has been on a tear of late, dropping special editions and everlasting line extensions like JD 10 Years Old left and proper. It’s odd that JD calls these two new whiskeys “the primary tremendous premium line extension in 25 years,” however I’m unsure what qualifies as “tremendous premium” below Jack’s rubric, so I gained’t argue it.
What I’ll do is say that not like most of what we’ve seen from JD lately, these are certainly everlasting expressions, each bonded, so over 4 years previous and bottled at 100 proof.
“The Jack Daniel Distillery has been making distinctive American whiskey to the best requirements for generations, earlier than and after the Bottled in Bond Act, courting again to the times of Mr. Jack himself,” stated Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Grasp Distiller. “Jack Daniel’s Bonded and Triple Mash are a nod to our heritage with a contact of innovation and craftsmanship. These whiskeys are one other alternative for each our pals and new drinkers to discover and uncover every little thing Jack Daniel’s has to supply.”
Of particular notice: Bear in mind that each bottles are 700ml as a substitute of the usual 750ml, which was lately accepted as an choice within the U.S.
We received samples of each releases to attempt, so let’s dig in.
Jack Daniel’s Bonded Tennessee Whiskey – Made out of the basic JD mashbill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and eight% rye and charcoal filtered — however bottled at 100 proof. Fragrant with a shocking quantity of fruit, the nostril kicks off with apple and folds in caramel and a few grittier, peppery spice. It’s a giant step away from Old No. 7, the palate boldly fruited with cinnamon apple, some citrus, and a layer of sesame, then a much bigger nutmeg aspect and a touch of peanut brittle later within the recreation. A lot of caramel all through. Frivolously grainy because the preliminary fruit rush fades and the end builds, with a candy breakfast cereal aspect lingering. It’s not overwhelming in complexity but it surely positive is difficult to place down. I’d combine with this any day. A- / $30 (700ml) [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]
Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash Blended Straight Whiskey – It is a bizarre mix of three straight bottled-in-bond whiskeys – 60% Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, 20% Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and 20% Jack Daniel’s American Malt, all distilled throughout the identical season. I used to be anticipating a extremely weird expertise right here, however this mixture works surprisingly effectively. Delicate with a extra cereal-forward nostril, it does certainly come throughout like a mix, a melding of varied kinds multi function glass. Spice meets cookie dough on the nostril, with a contact of peppery rye evident together with a touch of gunpowder. Chewy and extra malt-focused on the tongue, the whiskey takes a peppery flip late within the recreation on the palate, a rumbling notice of roasted almonds, milk chocolate, coconut, and vague spice all in a slurry. The end is extra warming than the Bonded, with rather less cohesiveness to it, although it’s by no means in need of participating. A change of tempo there, considerably extra subdued. B+ / $33 (700ml)