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    Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    <html>Proof: 94 Proof
    Price: $26 for 750ml @ Chuck's Wine & Spirits, Bowling Green, KY
    Distiller: Jack Daniel's Distillery, Lynchburg, TN. Brown-Forman Corporation. Master Distiller, Jimmy Bedford
    Mashbill: 80% corn, 12% barley, 8% rye
    Age: No age statement. Barrels, approximately 6 yrs. old, are selected from the top levels of the warehouse where they experience the greatest fluctuation in temperature.
    Bottle: short, square, attractive decanter style bottle with raised glass signature of Jack Daniel and nice wood-topped cork. Each bottle is labeled with its specific rick #, barrel #, and bottling date. A necktag booklet defining single barrel whiskey also comes standard.
    Other versions: Jack Daniel's also bottles a 100 proof version of Single Barrel called 'Silver Select' which is available only in Duty Free markets. Michael Osborne Design of San Francisco designed the packaging for Silver Select which is notable as the first time Jack Daniel's has used an outside firm for package design.
    Color: Dark, mahogany amber
    Body: Swirl this whiskey in the glass and thick tendrils form that seem to defy gravity.
    Nose: Distinctive Tennessee Whiskey smokiness paired with a healthy dose of vanilla and a buttery-caramel sweetness. Reminds me of fresh, warm, homemade chess pie.
    Taste: This is a rich, after-dinner style whiskey. Smokiness is nicely balanced with sweetness and barrel tones. The sweetness is displayed in terms of vanilla toffee, butterscotch, toasted marshmallow, and a rich caramel flan...a true tribute to the effects of charcoal leaching. They don't call it sugar maple for nothin' ! Rye spiciness is notably muted, but the smoky flavor and oak tones more than make up the balance in the spicy/sweet equation.
    Finish: The finish is medium-long with barrel char tones taking more prominence and a taste that I can only relate to the smell of sour mash in a fermenting room....very pleasant, and nice alcohol warmth to boot!

    Conclusion:I have to admit, JDSB easily makes my top 5 list of favorite American whiskeys. And believe me, just because I'm a native Tennessean there's no bias here. JDSB happens to be the only Jack Daniel's product I truly enjoy (excluding commemorative and export bottlings).

    http://www.jdsinglebarrel.com/


    Buy the Barrel! If you're so inclined you can even buy an entire barrel of JDSB. It'll yield approximately 240 bottles.

    Cheers,
    JR
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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    John,

    I agree the JDSB is wonderful. Check out Gentleman Jack as well.

    Omar


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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    BRAVO! Now that's the kind of stuff this forum is all about JR. I only wish that I could get it as cheaply as you do! I finished off my bottle about a week ago so I really should go out and buy another. I'll have to do that and come back and make another posting. I agree with your flavor analysis, but there is a bit more going on in the nose that I'd like to discuss. OK everyone with a bottle try this - sit down with a glass of JDSB and J.R.'s tasting and compare your drinking experience with his. How are they the same? How are they different? Post your results and lets talk about it. As for the rest of us that don't have a bottle and have consequently been caught with our pants down go out a get one and do likewise. Thanks J.R. for a good tasting.

    Linn Spencer

    Have Shotglass. Will Travel.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    Where did you get the information that barrels for JDSB "are selected from the top levels of the warehouse"? I find this interesting, as Parker Beam selects the Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage barrels from the top levels as well. Most other distillers believe the best whiskey comes from the "center cut" of the warehouse.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    <html>Chuck,

    I got that tidbit of information from a July 9, 2000 article in the Tullahoma (TN) News. The focus of the article is JD's success overseas.

    "A cornerstone in the company's growth and recent push into the Europe and Asia has been the introduction of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel whiskey.
    The Single Barrel is hand-picked by master distiller Jimmy Bedford and a team of whiskey tasters just after the distilling process. It's then aged high atop the warehouse, where it develops a distinct flavor and color."


    http://www.lynchburgtn.com/Overseas.htm

    JR
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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    26 dollars?

    I saw this whiskey at my local ABC, tonight, and it is priced right up there with Blanton and Kentucky Spirit - I think it is $46. I will have to go back and double check. Heh heh.

    Tim


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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    <html>[26 dollars?]

    That's no misprint Tim. I stocked up on it at that price thinking it must be on sale, but that's their regular price.</html>


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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    Linn,

    I see your point about the "age" on the nose of JDSB. I guess that, knowing that it's only a 6 yr. old whiskey, I attributed some of those barrel age aromas to the sugar maple charcoal leaching smokiness. Some folks have, after all, likened the leaching process to an aging shortcut.

    Cheers,
    JR


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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    JR,

    You are correct in that the 'Lincoln County Process' can be viewed as artificial aging. I'm nosing this whiskey as I post. The smokey char of both the barrel and the maple do predominate, but they are not overwhelming to the point of making the nose mono-dimensional. Which is how I would characterize JD Black. The vanilla you describe is also very much apparent. I get some corn aroma and some rye spiceyness from the mashbill. I've gone to my wife's spice rack and broken out some of the usuall suspects. In this case there is some subdued nutmeg and very mild clove in the nose. I also detect some fruitiness, but I'm not sure just what it is. I just cut into an apple, and no that's not it. I'm sure that its not pears or peaches. I hate it whenever someone says 'dark fruits', but I haven't any plums; dates, figs, or prunes about so I can't really put my finger on it. I'm just stuck having to say 'dark fruits'. You get a buttery caramel and fresh baked chess pie. I get maple sugar candy, but I find that it tastes more like Mrs Butterworth's pancake syrup! So there is definately something buttery going on here. The char in the nose is overwhelming in the aspect that if there were any florals in the nose you would never know it. I surely don't detect any.

    Now that's the kind of commentary I'd like to see whenever a tasting is posted, and I'd like to encourage anyone that feels confident in his or her abilities to participate.

    Linn Spencer

    Have Shotglass. Will Travel.

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    Re: Jack Daniel\'s Single Barrel

    Linn,

    That's funny that you mention corn on the nose of JDSB. My first night of notes I jotted down "buttery-corn" but later I didn't trust my nose but I was sure that I was picking up vanilla and caramel, so I changed the notes to buttery caramel. I guess the nose knows.

    The recent glassware thread has caught my attention because I try to pick up the aroma three different ways....and it's still the toughest part for me. First I smell straight from the bottle, then I stick my nose way down in the rocks glass (almost snorting the whiskey), then I sniff from the periphery of the glass. I tried using an oversized shot glass, but I found it very inadequate for "nosing" the whiskey.

    So last night I tried something unorthodox. In my first round of notes for George Dickel No. 8 I used a red wine glass. You know, the kind that looks like a fish bowl on a stem. Whoa, talk about aroma! All I can say is that my aroma notes are gonna be more detailed from here on out.

    But I'll play devil's advocate here. Knowing that most people aren't going to start drinking whiskey out of wine glasses, should I limit my nosing/tasting to rocks glasses? The logic being that people would read the "Nose" section, do their own little experiment sans wine glass (or other comparable glassware) and say "Where the heck did he come up with 'slightly overripe passion fruit' "(don't worry, I haven't)?

    JR


 

 

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