Gentleman Jack, NAS, 40 %
A classic is on the test bench today. I am putting the Gentleman Jack from Jack Daniel's to the test. You might already know this, but Jack Daniel's makes what they call Tennessee Whiskey. This is basically bourbon with a the added step of charcoal filtering. The Gentleman Jack is further mellowed, described as follows:
Just like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Gentleman Jack is charcoal mellowed before going into the barrel. Gentleman Jack, however, receives an additional “blessing” when it is charcoal mellowed again after reaching maturity giving it ultimate smoothness.
Nose (19/25): Quite sweet. Vanilla, banana, sponge cake, and a slight touch of alcohol. Smells a bit like the honey-ish scent from shoe polish.
Taste (17/25): Very smooth mouthfeel. Spicy and sweet. Vanilla and burnt caramel.
Finish (17/25): Quite perfumy now. The burnt caramel does linger, but the finish is rather short overall. No further development.
Balance (17/25): Nothing wrong with this dram, but it is too perfumy and sweet to taste. I would probably throw a couple of ice cubes in this one and enjoy it from an old fashioned whisky tumbler, rather than sip it from a nosing glass.
Sláinte! - Thomas