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    Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    I bought in Toronto a bottle of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select recently, the neck label bears the barrel number and bottling date mentioned above.

    It was the only one on the shelf with that data, a few other bottles of JDSB were next to it, with different barrel numbers and bottling dates.

    I chose 12-6714 because it was the lightest in color, which of itself means little other than that I usually buy the darkest ones. So just to change it around a bit, I bought the lightest one amongst that group.

    The taste is very good, a little sweet, no banana notes (perhaps some kind of fruit other than yellow-skinned fruit in a small way, orange perhaps) and very good-tasting, rounded and even-flowing.

    I served it blind to two experienced tasters to see if they could tell the origin or close enough. Both these gents easily picked a bottle of JD Black Label from a group of bourbons a few years ago. One thought it might be a Canadian flavouring whiskey, he thought Masterson's perhaps except there was no pronounced rye note. The other thought it might be one of my own bourbon blends. The name JD never came up and when I showed them the bottle they expressed great surprise.

    This particular barrel matured in quite a unique way, even for JDSB (which generally does show the "house" character of JD albeit in specific ways).

    Gary

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    I was hoping the one I bought recently matched yours, sigh, it was bottled the same day but its the previous barrel number (12-6713).

    Interesting how there would be such a difference between barrels. I thought they picked these things to be fairly consistent?

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    Interesting that it is so different, but such is often the case with barrels a few feet apart! I looked in a few mid-town LCBO's to try to find the same barrel no. but had no luck. I bought it at the King and Spadina location so conceivably another one is there now, you never know...

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    I understand barrels filled with the same new-make and stored side-by-side can produce different final product. My point was that normally barrels are picked for a certain profile, therefore, one would think the "unusual" ones would either be left to mature longer of blended with other barrels for a different expression.

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    I bought bottle 12-6500 bottled 11-21-12...really liked it and a few days ago picked up 12-6715 bottled 12-1-12 (1 away frm yours) still unopened. You have me interested to see the difference head to head.

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12


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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    I had the 12-6714 head to head with my opened 12-6500. These two are very different. I put both glasses on my white stove, and noticed that the 12-6714 is indeed quite a bit lighter. The nose was lighter too, also not as sweet. The overall mouthfeel of the 12-6500 was much thicker, fuller and rich. More notes of vanilla and dark sugar in the 12-6500. Neither has any real banana notes. The 12-6714 has a delicate profile I'm not used to, having the 12-6500 open for 3 weeks. 12-6714 had scaled down sweetness, some slight floral and cantalope notes. The finish of the 12-6714 is much shorter too. The 12-6714 on a scale is closer to the standard Old#7 than the 12-6500. I enjoyed the 12-6500 more than the 12-6714. Mind you, having a 1/2 full bottle and allowing the air to get at it may have improved the profile, and my newly opened 12-6714 may improve too after a couple weeks.

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    Very cool, thanks for that! Not sure when I can get out there. I'll be honest, the only time I've ever been there is when trying to outrun delays on the 401, i.e., taking the roads parallel to get back on further down. Time for a revisit.

    Gary

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Very cool, thanks for that! Not sure when I can get out there. I'll be honest, the only time I've ever been there is when trying to outrun delays on the 401, i.e., taking the roads parallel to get back on further down. Time for a revisit.

    Gary
    I'm not sure if any of the other bottles were the 12-6714. The one beside it was the 12-6715. They were on the top shelf in a double row, and I didn't go through all the bottles.

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    Re: Tale of JD Barrel No. 12-6714 Bottled 12/1/12

    That can't really be though with single barrels. Plus, there wouldn't be enough of them (honey barrels selected from a small part of the warehouse) to ensure a consistent taste.

    Gary

 

 

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