For this 4th of July weekend why not sample an american top seller, Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. What makes this a Tennessee whiskey, outside from being distilled in Tennessee, is the charcoal filtering process. Huge bundles of maple sugar wood are charred to create the charcoal used in the filtering process. Each drop of Jack Daniels is filtered through ten feet of charcoal and is then aged for the minimum four years in an oak barrel. This process helps define it’s sweet and smokey flavor.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
Although the distiller boasts smoothness, both Jason and I found this 40% ABV sprit to be on the harsh side. The contents of this whiskey is:
- 80% Corn
- 12% Rye
- 8% Malt
There is a very distinct and welcoming sweet honey smell to the nose but also a sharp sting even though this sprit is at 40% ABV. Although this is one of the most popular selling whiskeys in the United States, we find this to be better served as a cocktail mixer than to be enjoyed straight or on ice. A bit on the more expensive side of $35 for a 750ml while you can find a Monkey Shoulder blend or Glenmorangie 10 year single malt for $30 to $35. Either way you will not have any trouble finding Jack Daniel’s in any liquor store or bar and might be more fond of it’s mixing drinks, the Jack and Coke, or the Jack and Ginger. Although this is somewhat of a staple in southern US culture, we would be much more interested in sampling the Gentlemen Jack or the Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select which boasts toasted oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors by hand selecting one out of every hundred lucky barrels.
As always have a safe and fun 4th of July!