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    Re: Jack Daniels 18 year old

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    "Although the square bottle changed very little, the early labels show changes in color design and content. The twenty-one-year-old whiskey might have been a distilling experiment or a whiskey overlooked in the aging warehouse. It was therefore aged much longer than necessary. It is very rare, but since a label was printed to designate the age, there had to be at least a barrel or more bottled."

    Looks like the mystery 18yo bottle is a younger relative of this one. Taken from a book commissioned by Brown-Forman in 1992 and sent to Tennessee Squires as a gift. My copy has the letter addressed to the original recipient in it.

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    Re: Jack Daniels 18 year old

    Of course there's no guarantee Jack Daniels actually made the whisky in those bottles. There were a number of distilleries in Tennessee in the early days and no reason why JD could not have bought some stock from a smaller maker to bottle under it's own label.
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    Re: Jack Daniels 18 year old

    True enough, not that it matters. In his book, Peter Krass (Blood and Whiskey) seems to portray Jack as a man who'd never do that, being a fanatic about his own product. But the public image put forth for marketing purposes can never be trusted.

    Which brings me to my very first thought when I laid eyes on the 18 year old bottle. Who would have been policing how old the spirit was? Was there any system in place to guarantee that a whiskey labeled 18 or 21 years was really that old?

 

 

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