Jack Daniel’s

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye (45%, OB, 2017)

Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye

  • Category: Tennessee Rye Whiskey
  • Origin: Jack Daniel Distillery
  • Bottling: Brown-Forman, Jack Daniel’s
  • ABV: 45%
  • Cost: £32.99

Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey

What they say

The latest whiskey recipe from the Jack Daniel Distillery brings together the distinctive flavor of rye with Jack’s time-honored method. While the recipe is new, we make sure each and every drop of whiskey is lightly charcoal mellowed, before maturing it in our handcrafted white oak barrels. It’s this process that gives Tennessee Rye a finish that’s unmistakably Jack, and with 70% rye grain, this new expression brings forward a spicy flavor that’s just as smooth sippin’.

Official tasting notes:

  • Color: Light amber.
  • Nose: Gentle cinnamon, sweet stewed apple that develops into banana bread, light oak with lingering tobacco.
  • Taste: Very dry start with vanilla and spice mid way through.
  • Finish: Dry oaky finish with hints of light smoke and banana bread.

What I say

The standard Straight Rye expression from Jack Daniel’s has now been released, following on from their earlier Single Barrel Rye expression introducing their first new mashbill for over 150 years. This edition is batch produced and should have more continuity and perhaps less individuality found in the Single Barrel series but is essentially made from the same stock.

Thanks to Brown-Forman and Eulogy PR for the sample.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark copper gold (13/20), quick medium-sized tears leave long fine legs
  • Nose: Polished oak wood, sweet, fragrant and floral with hints of honeysuckle and jasmine, honey, maple chips, sweetroll pastry, yeasty dough, orange peel and orchard fruits, ripe banana
  • Taste: Linseed oil, orange peel, peach, pear and apricot, playdough, sweet, honey, caramac bars, caramel, fudge, brandy, a delicate powdered cinnamon spice develops and builds with more sweet maple syrup, ripe bananas and vanilla essence
  • Finish: Long sweet and cinnamon dusted spice

Overall

A deliciously sweet and polished expression, a lot smoother with that distinctive feel on the palate that comes from charcoal filtration, quite in-spicy for a rye expression, full of cinnamon dusted pastries and ripe fruits.

Score 84/100

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