Inspired by this thread and a sale price of $34.99 I made my first purchase of JDSB even though I'm neutral about the regular product. I'm glad I did. It's from Rick L-09, was barreled on 4/30/10 and is very very good. I find it really complex with beginning sweetness and different fruits balanced off well by wood and a lingering dryness. Last night it was what tasted best to me over a Buffalo Trace single barrel and Mount Gay Extra Old Rum. The night before if left a Dickel No. 12 in the dust. Count me as a fan.
Silver Select and Single Barrel are the exact same whiskey except for the bottling proof.
Glad you found a superlative one, T Comp. I've resolved now to bring my extra-special 11-0069 to the Gazebo gatherings at the end of April. Some bottlings are really good and by good, I mean, they stray from the normal JD palate by offering greater depth, complexity and as you said a variety of estery tastes, not just the banana taste the regular Jack can often have. I say can, because even regular JD is much improved IMO in recent years.
There are a few bottles of this at my local store. I'd guess they are the newest bottling . I can get it for $38.00. is it worth it? I'm not a big fan of JD Black, but if this stuff is worth the money, I'll try it.
Last edited by ebo; 03-24-2011 at 20:32.
As always, 'worth' is subjective. I don't buy JDSB because there are many cheaper whiskeys I like better, but I still like it and think it's a very good whiskey. When the JD folks are buying, that's what I drink.
EC 18 is definitely worth the price. anything else is a matter of taste and do ya want to taste it.
Sometimes you just get a superlative bottle. I bought three 11-0069's and each was somewhat different. One was silky soft and subtle, the next even more so, the last more vigorous and chewy. When you hit a great one, which I did with the first two, you know.