Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Barrel Proof (128.1 proof)

When Maker's Mark released Maker's Mark Cask Strength, we went out and bought it. Who wouldn't want to taste an American classic straight from the barrel, sans filtration and dilution?? I think lots of people bought it...and it's not cheap at $60+.

In the wake of that success, Jack Daniel's released a handsomely packaged single barrel, barrel proof TN whiskey. Having acquired a taste for barrel proof products, we were much too interested not to buy some J.D. in the buff. Because sipping on JDSBBP is like driving to Lynchburg and dipping a thief into a barrel. OK, maybe not that cool, but we are not disappointed, even at...you guessed it: $60+.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Barrel Proof

Jack Daniel's/Brown-Forman
Rick No. L-20; Barrel 15-5633; bottled on 10/6/2015
128.1 proof
$64 at Green's Beverages in Columbia, SC

Color: Medium amber.

Nose: The first pour started off a bit mustardy and rough on the nose. It needs time to relax. [I didn't write this review until my third night of sipping]. It opens up nicely to emit strong caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and distant mown grass.  

Tasting notes: The sip is sweet and chewy- big caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon spice. The flavors explode mid-palate as barrel char, spice, and more cinnamon dominate the tongue. The finish is seriously long. You will burp Tennessee whiskey in the morning long. 

Overall: A. The only thing I didn't like about this was the aroma of the first pour when I cracked the bottle. After giving it some time to breath, it wowed me. It has deep flavor, complexity, and brute strength. A wonderful whiskey experience.

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