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    Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    A friend bought a bottle of this down in TN. We tasted it tonight beside an Angelo Luchessi to see if there is any difference since they are both 90 proof. From what we were told and read the Sinatra barrel had grooves cut into the barrels to give the whiskey more surface area to interact with. These barrels were then mingled with regular Jack barrels. The SS definitely had a bigger flavor to it than the Luchessi. It had the Jack flavor but amplified more. Some char some burn and a little vanilla mixed in. A long finish. The Luchessi was similar but not as in your face. There isn't any of the nuttiness or maple syrup of the Single Barrel or Silver Select. This is pretty good stuff and stands out above regular Jack for sure but definitely not worth $150. I'm glad I didn't buy it but also glad I got to try it

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Good review, thanks. (Never heard of the groove thing, interesting. To me Jack has enough wood character, I'm surprised they would want to insert more).

    Gary

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Quote Originally Posted by VAGentleman View Post
    ... but definitely not worth $150.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    The cost is what stops me from getting a bottle of the Sinatra. I don't mind picking up the
    occasional 90 proofer special JD but this price is just too out there. I'm hoping for a big
    price drop in the future to clear the shelves and maybe I'll grab some then.
    John Q.
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    It won't be any cheaper than it is today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan
    Someone will pay it. Someone always pays it.

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Somebody has to pay for the expansion.
    We're Bourbon Geeks, it's who we are, it's what we do.

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    This stuffs running at least $400 a bottle down under, have seen it up to $799. If anyones actually stupid enough to buy it (and i think they are - thank you mining boom) JD will have no worries affording a couple extra storeys on their expansion.

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Saw it duty free for $170. Kidding themselves. Bought four litres of Old N7 for $140 instead.

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    4 litres....that magic amount is so bad that its good

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Finally got to try it. Very dry, sandy in texture, lots of wood, just a touch of JD flavor. Not in same league as SB. Not as good as regular Jack Daniels IMO. Disappointing.

    Gary

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    Interesting about the groove thing. I know some micros are doing this, some even do a honeycomb pattern of holes in the staves. Not for me. Just use a good barrel with air seasoned wood and a heavy char. The best coming out of JD now for some reason is the green label. And since this is the youngest stuff, what a little bird told me about them adding a shit ton, that is more tan a regular ton by the way, of copper to their doubler, must be true. This stuff reminds me of JD that had gone by the wayside. This stuff is wonderful. I bought a half gallon of it this weekend. Way better than the black label right now.

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    Re: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select

    I must get some then. One of the things I find about JD is an odd woodiness about it, and I wonder if this comes from the prior toasting gives the barrels (if I am not mistaken), either that or maybe the flushing of the barrels to extract alcohol resident in the wood frame. This woodiness was noticed by Michael Jackson in his late 1980's World Guide To Beer. The flushing method wasn't used then IIRC so perhaps it is the other thing, the prior toasting. Or maybe there is another explanation. But all this to say, I always thought JD would taste better with less wood in it, one reason being it is so low-rye. Anyway this is why too I was let down by the Sinatra release since by scoring the barrels it seems to me even more wood is imparted to the palate.

    The Green would have less wood in it and that's a good thing especially if more copper is being used, which would improve overall spirit quality surely.

    I've kind of become a Jack fan in recent years and always look for the "best" Jack palate. Once I made a vatting of all the expressions then available (about 10 years ago) and received cheers from some good judges of whisky.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 10-24-2013 at 04:50.

 

 

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