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Is it whiskey or burbon - or is it just "Jack"
Jack Daniels Single Barrel
Member Name: areajohn
Jack Daniels Single Barrel
Date: 22/10/12, updated on 22/10/12 (71 review reads)
Advantages: Smooth and reasuringly expensive
***Whiskey / Bourbon?
Many people debate the need to label this spirit either as a whiskey or a bourbon and in fact Jack Daniels themselves say it isn't either it's just "Jack Daniels" and this is my experience, I am not sure that I have actually tasted a drink that is even close to the Single Barrel.
This alcoholic beverage is an American brand that is a bit more expensive than your usual brands of whiskey and sits in and around the malt Whiskeys. It can be found in supermarkets but not often although online it ranges from £37.75 up to £42.55 (at time of writing) . This does of course depend where you go and some retailers do take advantage of the fact that only a certain amount of bottles can be filled from the single barrel (about 240 bottles) .
Its individuality comes from the way that the "Single Barrel is matured in the highest reaches of our barrelhouse, where the dramatic changes in temperature cause its colour and taste to deepen further." (jack Daniels website)
The contents for the "single barrel bottle" are hand selected at, Lynchburg, Tennessee the home of the "Jack". By signing up to their emails and information service you are regularly updated with news from the distillery and also sent small items in the post, over the years I have had a passport wallet, card holder, ice cube maker etc.
I am a collector of Jack Daniels bottles and as such took the opportunity to purchase two bottles when I came back from Dubai earlier in the year. I did not get the chance to taste it until a recent gathering that we had around the house.
The single barrel is made from corn malted barley and Rye, barrels are crafted using cave spring water and all of this (and a traditional process) is overseen by the master distiller in the distillery. I do not get the strong whiskey taste that I have tasted from many single malts and there is only a little after burn. I also drink mine the recommended way and that is just with ice and nothing else. This allows a small amount of water to enter the spirit and provide a cooler taste.
However Jack Daniels is not just the drink it is the experience, the company promote that family feel and I have a sense of belonging to that family by choosing this as my preferred drink. I do not have any American connections and have never visited that side of the pond but for some reason I associate myself with the ethos of this drink. It is rugged, hometown, unlike anything else you are likely to drink and something with that little bit of difference.
Jack also have several limited edition bottles - of which I have a couple and they allow you to register those bottles on line. Again this is a buy in to you as a consumer but personally I like this and it makes it more than a transaction of money for alcohol.
A very good drink which is best served without any mixer save some ice as required. It is good as a "sit around and have a drink with friends drink" rather than "let's get hammered drink" although there would be nothing to stop you doing either. For me - and I am bias - it's a must have not just for collecting but also for drinking.
Summary: A drink unlike other spirits and sits way out on its own for quality
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