I've always found Gentleman Jack to be too sweet for my tastes, it almost seems artificial. However, if you have a cigar that is a bit harsh it will tame it down.
They've just announced their new master distiller this morning.
Yes, Jeff Arnett. He has been at JD about 7 years and is an engineer by training, as are most of the younger master distillers. He's 41.
I also learned that he will be at WhiskeyFest Chicago on Friday.
Does anyone recall the year when Jack Daniel's went from 90 proof to 86 proof??
I think 2004 was the 86 to 80 drop. I'm pretty sure the 90 to 86 drop was earlier. Anybody know?
According to this article in USA Today, it was around 1987.
The article was published in 2004 and they describe the prior reduction in proof as:
It is not the first time drinkers have felt burned by Jack. Roughly 17 years ago, the company lowered the proof of its famed whiskey from 90 to 86.
I would have guessed 1987 or thereabouts, because that's the last time the FET went up. Many brands cut their proof then to avoid price increases. This actually let the producers pocket a few bucks without enriching the distributors or retailers.