Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience. as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Sweet, light, banana.
Nutty, slightly spicy, not as sweet as it is on the nose.
Nutty and sweet.
I think pretty much everyone who drinks whiskey has tried Jack Daniel’s, it’s a huge brand and everyone recognises it. That follows through in the palate. It has some quality that you can’t pinpoint that just screams “Jack Daniel’s”. Nothing else has that quality.
This may not be the best whiskey in the world; even if it is probably the most well known. It is however distinctive and a good introduction to the Jack Daniel’s range.
Classic Rock Match:
Following a post by @the_whisky_lady entitled ON THE ROCKS: Match Your Whisky With Rock Classics I’m going to try and match my tastings with a classic rock song.
For this dram I’m going with Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama.
I know, I know, Jack is made in Tennessee not Alabama (they are neighbours though). But nothing screams United States of America to me more in a song than Sweet Home Alabama (yes even more so than Born in the USA) and nothing screams United States of America to me more in a drink than Jack Daniel’s. So I think that this is the perfect pairing.
An instantly recognisable brand and an instantly recognisable taste. I’ve had my ups and downs with Jack Daniel’s (one of the worst hangovers I’ve ever had after drinking a bottle of it at University always sticks in my mind), but I always end up coming back to Jack at some point.
Slightly as an aside I picked Jack Daniel’s out to taste last night as I was making Hunters Chicken for tea and used Jack Daniel’s Full Flavor Smokey Barbecue Sauce. I have to say once cooked I’m not sure I could pick out the Jack Daniel’s in the sauce but damn was it a good barbecue sauce none the less! Smokey, sweet and slightly spicy and thick! Just the way I like it.
Taken from Jack Daniel’s Website:
OLD NO. 7
We do things a little differently around here – and that’s what gives Jack Daniel’s its distinctive character. We charcoal mellow our whiskey drop by drop, then let it age in our own handcrafted barrels. And we don’t follow a calendar. Our Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is ready only when our tasters say it is. We use our senses, just like Jack Daniel himself did. In fact, more than a century later, our Tennessee Whiskey is still judged the same way. By the way it looks. By the way it smells. And, of course, by the way it tastes.