In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Jack Daniel Distillery has released a new limited-edition Tennessee whiskey. In making the whiskey, Master Distiller Jeff Arnett wanted to create a distinctive taste profile that combined traditional methods with modern day craftsmanship. So the coopers slow-toasted the barrels to bring out the rich flavors and aromas of the wood, creating a contemporary expression of what could be considered an 1866 barrel char.
The grain bill for Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary Whiskey is the same as the flagship Old No. 7 recipe, which is 80 percent corn, 12 percent barley and eight percent rye. So the flavor differences come from the higher proof (this guy’s sporting 50% ABV, a 10% increase) and those specially-charred oak barrels, which were placed in the “angel’s roost” of one of the oldest barrelhouses at the distillery. There the whiskey can mature with exposure to sunlight and enjoy a greater interaction between whiskey and wood.
As for how it tastes… a lot different from Old No. 7. It’s more complex on the nose, with more heat, charred oak and rich maple. Drink up for flavors of butterscotch and toffee alongside more oak, cinnamon, vanilla and some pleasant notes of citrus. The whiskey finishes dry, spicy and flavorful, and it’ll keep your mouth working for several minutes after you’re done.
Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary Whiskey is a fine release, and one that offers plenty of differences from the black labeled bottle we’re all used to. It’s available now, but the supply is limited, so look for it on store shelves before it’s gone.
— 50% ABV
CE Rating: ★★★★