This is new territory for Jack Daniels, after careful consideration they are taking steps into rye town. A fully matured, single barrel wonder, this is the first time they have used a new grain in over 100 years. So yes, it’s a pretty big deal. With rye whiskey consumption at ten times the level it was just ten years ago, it’s no surprise that Jack have decided that they needed to get in on the action. Master Distiller Jeff Arnett has been crafting this for a number of years (there was also an unaged version released previously) and this one bears the hallmark of a carefully forged spirit.
The beautifully shaped bottle has gravitas, and would be a lovely piece to add to any bar. The engraving at the top of the chest, the well-formed neck – all give you the impression that you’re in for a treat.
Created from a blend of 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley, along with Jack’s signature Tennessee spring water and charcoal mellowing process, this doesn’t taste like any rye we’ve had before. While there are the wonderfully familiar notes of caramel, toffee and apples, on the nose we also found a sweet flavour that reminded us of pear drop sweets – but in a very grown up way. But make no mistake, those peppery notes come through. The oak-barrelled flavours permeate and there is a hint of smokiness that lingers, almost peaty in fact.
For fans of rye this is a must-try. Cheers to you, Jack.