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In the past I have used the original Jack Daniels Whisky to make drinks such as Jack Daniels and Coke, or Jack Daniels and Lemonade. When I saw that Jack Daniels Honey came on the market I thought it would be really lovely as the honey would of made it sweeter and easier to drink straight. I was VERY wrong. I'll elaborate in more detail later though.
The bottle is very attractive, although all of the Jack Daniels bottles are very well designed, very much more so than other bottles I have seen. The shape of the bottle has stayed the same with the traditional rectangular prism shape. The base colour of the label is a cream colour and has gold accents all over it, and also has a cute little honey bee on the front of it and on the back is a smaller one. The bottle is very interesting to look at and the designers have really done a good job.
However, on the side of the bottle, there is a huge lie; it says 'Mellow Flavour'.
When you open the bottle, it all starts to go wrong. The smell is awful, its as if they've mixed pure honey with half a bottle of Jack Daniels, and it really makes you want to gag. The taste itself is one I will never forget. I'm usually alright with shots, and I'm sorry to get graphic but I nearly threw up when I tried to drink this. It is absolutely horrible, the original Jack Daniels has a more 'mellow' flavour than this. I also realised that it is not just honey mixed in with it, but honey liqueur, which is probably why it had such a sickly taste as well as being incredibly strong.
You can't even mix it with anything like Coke or Lemonade because it just ruins the taste completely. I can't go anywhere near this drink now.
The only good thing about this drink is the bottle is very nice and I will be keeping the bottle. That is it.
This Jack Daniels introduction offers a taste of the original Jack Daniels with a strong twist that is very noticeable and tastes nothing like honey as you would expect!
The taste that hits the pallet more than the already powerful Jack Daniels taste and I can only describe it as a burnt taste. It is very strong so you may only want to try a little with your mixer. The drink is nie but I was expecting a taste similar to Jack Daniels with a spoon of honey added. I think it would be more appropriately named Jack Daniels Fire or something similar.
It is a unique introduction and definitely worth a try but if you are expecting a sweet tasting Jack Daniels then you may be disappointed. A lot of people I know don't like the drink as a result but I love it. The taste lasts a long time on your pallet after drinking too so may be a bit heavy to drink all night.
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
I bought my partner a bottle of this Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey drink for his birthday after hearing rave reviews from my friends and because he does enjoy the odd Jack Daniels original No 7 drink. I am not a fan of the Tennessee whiskey but have to admit really enjoyed this honey flavoured drink.
Jack Daniel's is produced in Tennessee and is the world's best selling whiskey drink. The first distillery was opened in 1875 and has been owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 1956.
The Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey bottle is the same size (700 ml) and shape as the classic Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey. This is a square chunky glass with curved corners that is quite heavy to hold. Three quarters of the bottle is this square shape that then goes into a thin neck with a screw on and off plastic lid. On the rim of the bottle etched onto each side is the Jack Daniel's signature. The drink was apparently introduced in 2008, but I have only recently seen it in the supermarkets.
To look at the Tennessee Honey liqueur is a much lighter colour than the whiskey version, it has a lovely golden shade much like regular honey. The drink is perhaps slightly thicker than the whiskey too, though it is not at all syrupy in texture, just smooth and rich.
On opening the bottle you can immediately smell the sweet and nutty flavours coming through from the drink, with a base note of whiskey. The smell is what persuaded me to originally have a nip, as the smell of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey knocks me sick - but this smells lovely and honeyed.
This is recommended to drink as a chilled shot, though we just keep ours in our drinks cupboard with all of our other spirits and all of the bars I have seen it in also keep it on the counter rather than in the fridge and so served at room temperature. I also think the honey flavour comes out a lot more in a warmed version.
On pouring the drink you can smell the lovely honey flavours on top of the whiskey. The taste of this drink is just delicious, it is sweet and rich with honey flavours. These flavours hit your taste buds initially, which is then followed by the fiery whiskey flavour which I don't find too strong at all. The taste is very smooth and deep. As I say I am not a whiskey drinker or fan, but this is a totally mellowed down version which is rich and warming. It still has the Jack Daniel's maple flavour there for those who do like the original whiskey, don't worry!
Jack says that you can also have this as a mixed drink - with soft drink such as lemonade and ginger beer. However I find it is perfect as a rich pick me up or post dinner beverage.
ABV 35 % volume.
I purchase a 700 ml bottle of this from Tesco for an introductory price of £18, which I thought was a decent price, it is currently priced at £19 so not too much of a jump. I think I have had about as much of the bottle as my partner, very bad form considering it was a present for him!
Straw in colour with copper tinges. The nose shows maple syrup. Sorghum on the palate, complimented by nice cooperage, honey and vanilla. Detectable flavours of coffee and char. Not as cloying and sweet as some honey whiskey offerings. Jack Daniels