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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...

    Gary

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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

    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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    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

    Interesting, three barrels in (a literal) row, or they were. Would be interested to hear your experience.

    Gary

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

    As its been explained to me Single Barrel selection is like kicking a field goal. Right down the middle is the taste they are looking for but there is still quite a bit of room to the left and right to keep it in the general profile they are looking for.

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

    I was at my lcbo to pick up a knob creek, and i look at the JDSB. There it was in the front of about 8 bottles....#12-6714....i said to myself "that's the Gary Gillman bottle!" so i picked it up. Now i have an open #12-6500 and a closed #12-6715 and #12-6714. Should i now wait to open it after i kill the 1st bottle? Or should i open the #12-6714 and try it head to head with the open one tonight?

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

    Of course the answer is head to head

 

 

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