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Jack Daniels Single Barrel
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Jack Daniels Single Barrel
Advantages: crisp, clean, complex
Disadvantages: a little expensive
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel is the only whiskey that I will drink straight, since it is so delicious. I've purchased four bottles over the past few years, and only one was average. I learned that the older the bottle is, the more complex the whiskey is, so go for the older bottles. Each bottle has a datestamp, barrel number and rick stamp, to identify where it came from. Each barrel has its own distinctive flavor, so if you find a bottle of it you really like, buy another one to keep around. When I bought it at the store there were a total of four bottles with the same information (barrel number, bottling date, etc.).
The whiskey itself is so clean and crisp. You can easily tell the difference between the lower end black bottle and the mid-level gentleman's jack. However, that difference comes at a price. The Single Barrel Jack is almost twice as much as the Gentleman's Jack. In my opinion, the two can't compare, and the taste of the Single Barrel is worth it.
When you find an older bottle, it has time to age, and takes on more of an oak taste. The body becomes more pronounced, and you can taste very complex flavors on your tongue. Also, you will get more of an earthy aroma. The whiskey is so smooth and drinkable that you can enjoy it straight or with a couple of ice cubes.
My one bad experience with the Single barrel was when I bought a bottle that wasn't aged very long. The body was on the thinner side, the color a little lighter, and the aroma weak. I'm not sure if it was the aging or the barrel itself, but it wasn't as good as the first bottle, or any bottle after.
If you're a casual whiskey drinker, you might not notice the difference, but if you enjoy a great whiskey, this bottle is for you. It's worth the extra money to enjoy a superior whiskey.
Summary: a first class whiskey
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