American Whiskey - Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey

From: Tennessee, United States Liquor Review Category: Tennessee Whiskey American Whiskey

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Tier 2
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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2004
  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

Jack Daniel Distillery began in 1863 when Jack Daniel--working for one Dan Call--purchased the still he was working at when he was 13 years old. It was registered in 1866 giving rise to the claim of the "oldest distillery in the US." The still is located at a cave where "cave spring water" that is "virtually iron free" is used for making the whiskey.

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This bottle has 23 ratings and 23 reviews.
PiggDogg PiggDogg (13)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-06-25)
JD Single Bbl is a darn good American/Tennessee Whisky. I would give it a 4.25*, but that grade is not available & I have to leave the 5* for better deserving distilled spirits. JDSB is well worth the price $45 price for which I purchased it. Online, it can be easily found for $40-50, plus shipping. I completely do not understand the 1* review. That review is an absolute, unfair hatchet-job. However, get JDSB, you won't be disappointed.
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Gammonator Gammonator (20)
Rating: 2.0 (2016-01-10)
Over priced and not as good as $30 bourbon. Would never buy it again.
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US Spirit US Spirit (74)
Rating: 1.0 (2015-11-26)
This was the most disappointing bottle of whiskey I ever bought. I've been a big fan of the regular Jack Daniels for as long as I've been able to drink, so this (the top of the line Jack) was my first grail bottle. It was also (at the time) easily the most expensive spirit purchase I'd ever made, and I was obviously excited to try it. However, I found Jack Daniels Single Barrel to be virtually undrinkable. While the regular #7 gives me a nice balance of wood, smoke, and maple syrup with just a hint of charcoal, my bottle of Single Barrel gave me nothing but burnt bitter charcoal. Since this was my grail whiskey and since I had a whole (Fifty Dollar!!) bottle I sampled this on many different occasions over the course of about a year. Neat, over ice, with water I always got nothing but the same single unpleasant carbon note, bitter to the point of astringency. After a year I gave this bottle away, I brought it to a bachelor party (where no one really drank it either) and offered it to my fellow guests, one of whom took it off my hands. Since this IS a single barrel product, and plenty of other people have reported different experiences than me, I would actually try this again... at a bar. I will not be giving this a second chance with another $50 bottle buy. And honestly, my hopes for my ever enjoying this are not high because I have since realized that nearly all of the whiskies that I find to be too bitter (and complain are "over oaked") are whiskies that are charcoal filtered and probably somewhat older than the minimum 4 years required for an NAS Straight Whiskey. Will anyone other than me have this issue? Judging from other reviews of whiskies where I had this issue, a few will, though most won't. So I won't say not to buy this bottle,, but I will say my experience means you can be a fan of #7 and yet actually hate this. This was a one and a half star drinking experience, and I'm rounding down for the price. The only North American whiskey I've had that I liked less than this was Seagram's Seven Crown.
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Oklahomaoutlaw Oklahomaoutlaw (6)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-09-25)
Get it for your bar
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jaketaz jaketaz (210)
Rating: 2.0 (2015-08-23)
It's definitely better than the basic Jack, but so are a lot of things. There are many whiskeys out there that are cheaper than the basic Jack... yet taste even better than Single Barrel Jack, so I guess it just depends on personal taste and whether or not you're a brand loyalist. For my money, Jack isn't likely to ever get into the same neighborhood of quality as Dickel, and Dickel No. 12 destroys everything Jack makes in my opinion. If you must have a single barrel Tennessee whiskey, just get the Dickel single barrel and thank me later. A brand isn't what makes something good, the taste is.
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P1zuzu P1zuzu (12)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-05-19)
nose: banana, toasted oak, toffee, fruit, sweet. caramel, spicy, creamy, alcoholic. taste: fresh, sweet arrival, thin, alcoholic, spicy. finish: non existent, only alcohol remains. I think is a whiskey only for sniffing and not for drinking.
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kneejoel kneejoel (8)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-03-08)
Not for mixing with coke! This tastes delicious straight up or on the rocks
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nickrobbins93 nickrobbins93 (3)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-11-24)
This rich and creamy bourbon is absolutely fantastic! Its sweet honey notes and caramelized mouth feel make it a fantastic spirit to drink neat or to highlight it in a cocktail such as a Manhattan or boulevardier! I would highly recommend this one, a savior for the jack Daniels brand! 4.5/5
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Review Comments
jaketaz (2015-03-23):
This is not a bourbon, it is a Tennessee Whiskey, meaning that it is charcoal filtered. Bourbons are legally prohibited from adding anything beyond water and grain to their products, Tennessee Whiskey can contain all sorts of artificial ingredients and still be called Tennessee Whiskey.

US Spirit (2015-11-26):
The rules governing Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon are actually the same. It's in NAFTA. Anything that calls itself Tennessee Whiskey has to meet the requirements of Straight Bourbon.

Proof66 Staff (2015-11-28):
Hello... Proof66 staff editor here. We might be able to help a little bit. The rules governing Tennessee whiskey production could, in theory, qualify it as a bourbon. But Tennessee Whiskey takes the additional step of requiring it to be made in TN (bourbon can be made anywhere) and then also go through the filtering process through charcoal prior to aging (something bourbon doesn't do). Plus, most TN whiskey makers disavow the bourbon label for their product. Not to get too geeky about this, while TN Whiskey might technically qualify as bourbon, they don't claim the title and, in fact, most people understand TN whiskey to be something qualitatively different owing to the filtration process.

Proof66 Staff (2015-11-28):
Hello... Proof66 staff editor here. We might be able to help a little bit. The rules governing Tennessee whiskey production could, in theory, qualify it as a bourbon. But Tennessee Whiskey takes the additional step of requiring it to be made in TN (bourbon can be made anywhere) and then also go through the filtering process through charcoal prior to aging (something bourbon doesn't do). Plus, most TN whiskey makers disavow the bourbon label for their product. Not to get too geeky about this, while TN Whiskey might technically qualify as bourbon, they don't claim the title and, in fact, most people understand TN whiskey to be something qualitatively different owing to the filtration process.

Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-10-05)
In what world, outside of teenage girls at a frat party, would any self respecting whisk(e)y drinker favor Gentleman Jack over the Single Barrel? Some of you should really be embarrassed. The Gentleman is watered down and bland so as to make it more palatable for the individual who shouldn't be drinking whisk(e)y in the first place, while the Single Barrel takes what is unique about JD (banana taffy, vanilla, caramel, spice) and turns up the oakiness and richness on top of it. My second favorite whiskey out of Tennessee.
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Review Comments
PiggDogg (2016-06-25):
:) “In what world?” In the World of a party where the choice of neat whisky drams were Dewar's White Label & Gentleman Jack, GJ was like going to heaven while on earth. Indeed, it all depends upon your distilled spirits, tasting neat choices.  DWL is a barely-OK base grade Scotch Whisky, a relatively low bar considering that most base-grade Scotches are only good for mixing. Probably, DWL is only good for mixing. I would not taste it neat except for comparison purposes when being compared to other base-grade Scotches or to other distilled spirits, such as, … ta da … GJ. Meanwhile, GJ is a call-brand, one-step up from base-grade American Whisky & Tennessee Whisky (like Jack Daniels No.7). GJ is OK, & can actually be tasted neat and give a fair-to-good experience. Certainly, there are many other American Whiskys that are better than GJ. At least, however, GJ can give a good experience when tasted neat when better alternatives are not available. :)

dmarlow dmarlow (14)
Rating: 2.0 (2014-03-09)
I was disappointed with this one. Gentleman Jack is much better, especially for the price.
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voiceofsticks voiceofsticks (14)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-01-20)
A bit harsh for me. Nothing awful but nothing to make me come back to it either.
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flintquatch flintquatch (211)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-01-11)
I am a avid JD basher, I am amazed that JD is as famous and as widely adored as it is. That said I really enjoyed this Single Barrel experience. Much more complex and not nearly as harsh as regular Jack. Price is offputting but I could see splurging in this again. Good Job Daniels, finally
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Allan Allan (207)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-12-09)
Let me start by saying I hate JD. I'm not a fan of Tennessee whiskey at all.On the other hand I love the bottle of JD single barrel I bought.Smokey like scotch and much more complex than the usual JD; a real find for $37. But the problem is by the nature of single barrels your bottle may not taste the same.This bottle is an excellent sipper I hope the next is the same. Just to update; My next bottle was almost the same in flavor as everyday Jack. Just a bit smoother.
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NeatPour NeatPour (340)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-10-05)
It's a good whiskey... Is it the best whiskey in its price category? Maybe not but I can see myself buying future bottles regardless, friends that like Jd will like this far better. It has a subtle sweet flavor (at least my bottle did) no smoke or char present. It's flavors are a bit to subtle for me which is its weak point. Those that favor gentlemen over this I think prefer the lower alcohol level... Which I understand but the flavor in the single barrel is much better
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gerodim gerodim (15)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-01-08)
I used to be a Jack Daniels fan in the past (when I was young and had less money) but during the last several years I switched to single malts concerning whiskey. I don't drink the simple JD any more but the single barrel version (marketed with the name "Silver Select" here) is an absolutely magnificent whiskey. It's taste is as if you took a bottle of Jack Daniels and raised the quality and complexity several levels.
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christoff christoff (3)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-12-01)
Love the 94 proof and a fantastic nose
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 4.0 (2012-09-10)
Enoyable, especially as I am fond of the standard bottling.  Doesn't really add enough improvement to be worth the additional cost, in my opinion.  I enoy it best in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis where it's the house spirit.  If I'm in the store though, I'd as soon pick up Four Roses Small Batch, Russell's Reserve, or perhaps for a bit more Elijah Craig 18-year.
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magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 3.0 (2012-04-16)
Nice bottle!   What about whiskey?   It's Jack Daniel, so forget it...
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subzero829 subzero829 (13)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-12-12)
Let me just first off say that I am not a fan of original Jack Daniels at all. I bought this bottle to celebrate the end of the semester of college for $45 with one of my best friends who is a serious Jack drinker. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this. It is stronger than regular jack at a whopping 94 proof, but actually goes down much smoother than you would expect. The flavor was also very complex and enjoyable. I highly reccomend giving it a try.
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held5034 held5034 (8)
Rating: 3.0 (2011-09-10)
Over rated. Like gentleman jack much better.
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willempy willempy (12)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-07-26)
No doubt the best ive had so far! The lingering of honey in my mouth, is what i love most! Not a good choice for lovers of peaty.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (135)
Rating: 5.0 (2011-03-15)
Without question the best of the Jack Daniels line. Smooth, sweet, and possessing a wonderful aroma, this is definitely on my list for purchase. Theres no question I would recommend this over regular Jack Daniels or Gentleman Jack. You can find this one at a wide range of prices though; Ive seen a full $10 swing locally, so shop around if you can.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (328)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-09-18)
Very different and more complex than the No.7. While some may find the dryness/char of Tennessee Whisky not to their liking as a beverage choice, this one is worth considering.The American version of a Islay Single Malt - not for the faint of heart but appreciated by those with a developed palette.
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