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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    According to a response from Jack Daniel's marketing department to a direct question from my storeowner about what the difference is between Green and Black label:
    The Green label is what is rejected by the master distiller when selecting barrel to blend for Black label. So, if it's younger, it not deliberate -- though, of course, since numerous barrels are blended together in a single 'batch' it may well be that younger ones are rejected more often than older ones. I don't know about that, and our respondant didn't address age (of course, JD had no age statement on it).
    Oh, and by the way -- I subsequently confirmed this info independently when I ran across somebody who works at the distillery. He told me the same thing without prompting (Other than the question, "What is different about the Green labeled bottling?").


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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    Maybe the best way to view it is Green Label whiskey is less mature than Black Label. Jimmy Bedford has noted that Black Label is darker, and richer in taste than the Green. This was mentioned in an interview some time ago in Malt Magazine. My comparative tasting led to a similar conclusion, Black Label is slightly fuller tasting, more mature than its brother. Now that Black Label is to be 80 proof, it does raise a question whether Brown Forman will persist with the Green Label version. Not because they are identical at that proof but because they will be more similar than before. Somewhere I read that the Green Label originated in the 1930's. It was a way to distinguish the young whiskey then entering the market not long after Prohibition ended from Old No. 7 which had been aged at least 4 years. Today, Green Label may be the same nominal age as Black Label but clearly it is not quite the same whiskey, it is less developed in flavor. I recall when Jack was 90 proof in the 1970's. The proof changes over the years may detract from its authenticity but devotees still have JD Single Barrel. That whiskey most closely resembles what the old-time Jack was like, in my view.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    I'm not sure when the 80 proof hit the shelves in VA, but I didn't even notice it. After reading your post, I checked my bottle which I THINK I purchased in 2/04, and it was 80.

    Honestly, even with as much as I like JD, I never paid much attention to the proof. I have an empty from a particularly memorable party in 1987, which I now note is the 90 proof label. It appears that JD has changed twice since then, and I was clueless.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    This raises a point I always wonder about. Do (most) purchasers realise whiskey is sold at a given strength and some brands (e.g. VOB) at different strengths? Even I who know all this generally buy what seems right at the time but I rarely adjust the proof in my glass. I used to try and could never get it right (say, make VOB 100 proof into an 85 or so proof drink, which I like because I drink it straight usually). Now, I just drink what I buy as it comes, and the differences in strength from drink to drink, i.e., for the different bottles consumed over a given period, seem hardly noticeable. Bearing in mind also that sometimes I pour a larger drink, sometimes smaller, occasionally add water or mix, or not. I too used to drink Jack at 90 proof when it came that way and now at 80 proof I can't say I really notice a difference in quality just from the 5% reduction in abv. The fact that at least in whiskey areas producers offer a range of proofs for the same brand must mean customers like the choice, but why? How do customers who realise there is a choice decide which one to buy, I wonder?

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    I just buy the one that is the highest.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    But why, Tim?

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    Well, in answering your original question, I meant proof. But, they ususlly go hand in hand.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    Tim, thanks, but in the meantime I edited my question to ask, why do you buy the highest in proof?

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    Okay, I will answer that one, too. I prefer higher proof bourbons because I perceive richer flavors. It may well be that I am fooling myself, or not, but that is the way I perceive it so I am willing to pay more for the higher proofs.

    My top three favorites are WT Rare Breed (108.something), Old Grand Dad 114, and Old Forester Birthday (95). One of the veryt best I ever tasted, but cannot normally obtain, is Rock Hill Farms (100). I just prefer the high-proof whiskeys.

    Tim

    P.S. Also, my favorite "everyday pours" are WT 101 and Elijah Craig 12-yr (94).

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Black @ 80 Proof Now On Shelves

    Thanks Tim. I think likely many buyers would agree with you whether they could articulate it the way you did or not. I too like certain whiskeys at the higher proof, e.g. Jack Daniel Single Barrel. I am with you on Birthday Bourbon, too. But sometimes it is the opposite, as I mentioned recently regarding Old Grandad (at least as regards the 114 vs. the 86, I haven't had the chance to try the 100). But I guess my own preferences are more "after the fact". This could be too because I am almost never given the chance to choose between the same whiskey at two proofs. Recently the opportunity presented itself when our Liquor Control Board of Ontario deemed it meet to offer ORVW 10 year old bourbon in both 90 and 107 proofs, side-by-side on the shelf. However in that case, I bought them both.

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