Review #254. Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Review #254 – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Whiskey Network Review #254 | /r/Bourbon Review #140 -Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof, 131pf | 65.05%ABV

Rick: R-12

Barrel: 16-0436

Bottling Date: 1.25.2016

Nose: Vanilla, huge bananas foster, creamy, cocoa, caramel and doughy.

Taste: Thick oily mouthfeel and really mild for 65%. I expected a loooot of burn here and it’s behaving quite nicely. Mild fudge, lots of bananas, Oaky char, mild bitterness and then lots of sweetness just like the nose implied. Layers of vanilla and clove.

Finish: The finish is kind of where things roughen up a little. It’s fine but a bit shorter than I’d like and grows a touch hot. I suppose this is from the bruiser proof but overall it’s not what I was expecting after the palate. Little unbalanced and the astringency grows.

Overall: This is a sleeper gem from Jack Daniels and I’m glad they released it. It’s a bit of a shame that it’s hovering arounf the $60 mark here since I can get Booker’s for $48 but did we really expect budget pricing from BF? No. Overall this is solid. The nose and palate are great but the finish cripples. it. It’s still above average though and while I’m not rushing out to buy any, it was a really enlightening sample that really opened my eyes to Jack Daniels potential…if only they would go after it more fervently. But then again, they are raking in money either way, so who knows if they’ll be motivated to take the initiative. I’m giving this a Rank 6. It could have likely competed with Booker’s if the finish was more solid and I know I’ll be happily taking Booker’s and some significant price savings over this bottle any day.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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