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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    By the way Cam, do you get the Single Barrel or Silver Select in Oz?
    Single Barrel is everywhere for about $80 a bottle (it competes with Bookers at that price), but I think Silver Select was only available duty free.

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    Definitely agree with Cam on Dickel in recent years. I get pronounced "vitamins" notes, with a thinnish body. I want to like it more but...

    Gary

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    About 10 years ago, Dickel #8 used to be a house pour at one of the bars at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. It was just after I started getting serious about Bourbon and American Whiskey and my pallet was still developing, but I remember it having an "oily" almost sweet "butter-milk" like quality that I really enjoyed. I definately don't get that in any of the recent Dickel I've tried.

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    I like JD, both the black and the gentleman jack. Nothing exceptional just a reliable easy drinking whiskey I enjoy with friends at the backward ass bars we frequent. Had the single barrel a few years ago and from what I remember it was a few steps above the black label. I do think their whiskey is over priced but when I find myself with a little extra cash I plan on buying a private bottling of the SB to add to my bar.
    Jim

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    I have found the limited military released JDSB bottles to be much better than the standard liquor store bottles. I like to believe they hand pick these before selling to the fine folks protecting our country. Friends in or retired from the military have been generous to purchase or share a couple bottles with me.

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by camduncan View Post
    I definately rate it as the best product in the JD lineup - maybe even the TN Whiskey lineup (but to be fair, most of the Dickel products I've tried in the last few years have seemed below par)
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Definitely agree with Cam on Dickel in recent years. I get pronounced "vitamins" notes, with a thinnish body. I want to like it more but...

    Gary
    I have to respectfully disagree on this one gentleman...at least on the Dickel #12 I purchased about 6 months ago for $16.99. Yes, it has those vitamin notes, but as I recall, so did a dusty I had from the early 80's with Bill Bruno's name on it (he was the master distiller that followed and was protege of the original, Ralph Dupps, appointed by Schenley in the '50s to revive the brand... according to John Lipman). I can understand how the vitamin notes might distract (as like the much heavier charcoal presence in Jack can too) but there are plenty of other flavors of molasses, maple, butter, light smoke, even some lemon and a slight oily texture. I find it far more enjoyable and complex than the standard Jack or Gentleman Jack, for sure. I'll have to dig through my disorganized bunker closets and see if I have a sample left of the older Dickel and can then let you compare the two when we next get together Gary.
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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    Sounds good Thad, I look forward to it, thanks.

    Gary

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    I think while over priced it is good for what it is. Lets face it, this is a bourbon that capitalizes on the JD name, as a decent SB offering at a upper moderate price point to imply excellence / prestige. While much like Johnnie Walker Blue this is not a great QPR buy but, it is decent juice and sometimes the Barrels can be quite tasty. While not a go to I have no problems with it and usually enjoy the experience.

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    I'm a big fan of JD single barrel. Currently I place among my almost favorite whiskeys, that includes EC12, Weller 12, and Woodford Reserve. I love the rich sweetness, just right for me in the two different bottles I tried, and for me it has a terrific mouth feel. I bought them on sale for $31, and I think it is at least worth that.

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    Re: Does anyone like JD Single Barrel?

    I thought it was interesting that in a Jeff Arnett interview not that long ago, he said considerably more of the barrel flavor enters the whiskey than for Jack Daniels Black Label, due to exclusive selection from barrels from high up in the rackhouse. So it is a richer whiskey due to this exposure to greater heat in the top of the warehouse. You can taste the difference and still each barrel differs. I find Silver Select the least barrely among this group, perhaps the higher proof somehow makes it seem less oaky, you taste the ethanol before the wood, perhaps...

    Gary

 

 

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