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    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    I have never bought JDSB; never tasted it, in fact. However, as I've lately begun tasting whiskeys again, and have renewed my love affair with Dickel, I thought I'd give "the other Tennessee whiskey" a try. I picked up a 2011 Ducks Unlimited bottle earlier this week. It was under $40, so why not.

    These are the first tasting notes I've posted in some time, but I've been doing a lot of tasting and writing notes lately. Hopefully these aren't too far off the mark.

    First, the bottle info: Rick No. R-16; Barrel No. 11-2663; Bottled 6-1-11.

    I tasted this in a nice sherry copita glass.

    Appearance: Orange blossom honey. Long, slender, slow-moving legs

    Nose: Grilled sweet corn; buttercream frosting; maple-iced donut

    Palate: Big entry full of fat corn notes, followed almost immediately by pecans, fruit, and maple in the middle - add some saged sausage and you've got breakfast. The fruit, btw, is not banana, but rather some citrus, a bit of peach or some other stone fruit, and maybe something tropical - pineapple? mango? Nice, full mouthfeel enhanced by a vanilla backbone that serves to underscore and meld the other assorted notes.

    Finish: Long, deep, maple-rich with some light cinnamon and another dollop of vanilla cream. Maybe a touch of caramel.

    This is some very good whiskey. I wish I'd tried it sooner. It won't replace my favorite pours, most of which are less expensive and not as sweet, but this is a great option when out, I think, and probably worth keeping around as an after-dinner dram. I like Dickel 12, and I think it's a better value, but I have only had one or two bottles of that whiskey than can compare to this. Really nice indeed.

    I know Gary and a few others here are fans. Count me in that camp.

    Best,
    Tim

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    Good notes, Tim. That sounds similar to the memory I have of JDSB, of which I am a fan. But at $46 at my favorite store, I'll buy it only rarely. Not sure at what price point I would buy it more often. But when I can get great 12 year olds for less than $25 (Weller 12, EC12) or quality single barrels (ETL, EWSB) for about the same, $46 is tough to pay.

    I usually have a hard time paying more than $35 for anything other than something extremely rare (BTAC, Van Winkle).
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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    Good notes, thanks Tim.

    Gary

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    Thanks, guys. Glad to see my tasting skills aren't totally rusty.

    Gary, thanks for beating the drum for this one for so long; I remember you praising it some years ago when no one else really talked about it. Glad I finally listened.

    Best,
    Tim

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    I'm a big fan of Dickel 12. That said... I really like the JDSB. I can get it for under $40.00 also. I agree with your tasting notes. I'm always dumbfounded by how nuch I like the JDSB , but I have no love at all for old #7.

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    JDSB is kinda growing on me a bit too. I bought a private bottling from 2001 a few weeks ago. I liked it well enough that I picked up a regular bottle yesterday. Like I posted in the 'What Bourbon Did You Purchase Today' thread, I couldn't pass it up. The sticker price was $25.99.

    I agree with some of your tasting notes Tim. I also get the maple glazed doughnut and corn on the nose. The taste for me was a hint of maple and pecans, but instead of a fruit, I thought it was more like cotton candy or bubble gum. A pretty decent pour IMHO. My JD drinking bowling buddies will be surprised the next time they come over. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    Joe, it really has improved in recent years. Something has changed - for the better.

    Gary

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Joe, it really has improved in recent years. Something has changed - for the better.

    Gary
    Absolutely, totally, 100% agree. It has gotten much better in the last year or two, specifically. I can pick JDSB up at costco now (hope it isn't seasonal) for about 36 per, which is pretty fair, so I keep some on hand.
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    My closest Costco is a whole day round trip, which sorta wipes out any savings.

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    Re: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel

    that's kinda a plan it way out of this world trip, isn't it?
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

 

 

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