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Don't buy cheap imitiations!
Jack Daniels No 7
Member Name: researchqueen
Jack Daniels No 7
Advantages: great smooth taste...
Disadvantages: maybe some would consider expensive, other bourbon brands cannot compare
I've been a JD drinker for many years now and after trying some cheap imitations I've always come back to the original Old No.7..
The story of Jack Daniel's and his life makes for interesting reading but thats a whole different review! However the distillery, it is alleged, was given to Jack when he was 13 years old in 1863 by a minister who had shown Jack everything there was to know about whiskey making...
The whiskey itself used to be 90% US proof, however in 2004 all generally available JD would be made 80% proof as the JD marketing department established that customers preferred a lower proof..!
The generally available bottles are the JD Old No7 which comes in a distinctive square bottle and for a 70cl costs around £17. However some supermarkets do have deals on occassionally and if you are lucky enough to have access to a cash and carry you could get it slightly cheaper. As for duty free prices, they aren't that much better and the cheapest I managed to get it for was last year in Swizerland when I paid approx £12 for 1 litre...
There are also the Single Barrel JD and also Gentleman Jack available but I haven't tried these and can't comment on them at all... although I hear the Single Barrel is supposed to be very nice over ice
I find the taste of JD very smooth and sweet... I tend to drink it with diet coke..not because of the calorie count (because lets face it drinking alcohol is a calorie hell!) but because with full fat coke it actually becomes too sweet for me...
I always drink it with ice...without ice it just tends to taste a bit flat for my liking..I've drunk it straight over ice but that just isnt for me either... There is a Jack Daniels website www.jackdaniels.com which not only gives a full history on the man himself and the whiskey but it also has receipes for cocktails and food...
I find that with JD after about 5-6 of them, I start to get full... which may seem a bit odd but I would describe it as a heavy drink...its certainly not light and refreshing.
If you don't like whiskey usually, don't be put off trying JD as its considered to be a Bourbon which does taste differently to whiskey. The difference is how they are distilled. I don't like whiskey (such as Bell's, Grout, J&B) but I do enjoy JD... it also doesn't give me a headache like Vodka does either! However if you are going to taste a bourbon don't go for a cheap imitiation... they don't taste anything like JD in my opinion..
Summary: If you fancy a change...give it a try..
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