Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof, NAS, 66.25 %
This is a very special treat, and a huge surprise to me when I tried it this summer. This is the very first cask strength whiskey ever released by Jack Daniel's, and what a great dram it is. The Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof is, as the name suggests a single cask release. But fret not, there are many single casks (much like Blanton's way of releasing whiskey). There is actually a whole series of four different Single Barrel products from Jack Daniel's; the Single Barrel 100 Proof, the Single Barrel Select, the Single Barrel Rye and the single Barrel Barrel Proof.
Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof whiskey is made the same way as their other whiskeys, but it is matured in the upper floors of the warehouses. This is where the magic happens, where due to temperature and humidity levels you actually get an increased ABV over time. Barrel Proof ranges from 125 proof up to 140 proof, so it will vary from cask to cask. The Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof I tried came in at a whopping 66.25 % ABV.
The standard Jack Daniel's mashbill is used; which is 80 % corn, 8 % rye and 12 % barley. This mashbill is used for all their products except for their rye whiskeys.
On sale you can get this whiskey as low as around USD 100 in the US. nfortunately you cannot get this whiskey in Norway or Sweden. I doubt you can get it in Europe at all...
Nose: This is a big whiskey. So deep and rich at first sniff. Vanilla (of course), soft coffee bean notes, dark leather and toasted oak. A touch vegetal / green, and with earthy elements as well. Caramel and a touch of coconut and polish.
Taste: Creamy, rich and dark sweetness! Vanilla, cold coffee and rich caramel sauce. Notes of green tea (?). Heavy stuff...a touch dry-ish.
Finish: Long finish, thankfully! More creamy now. Honey and maple syrup. Demerara sugar. Nutty.
Comments: Big. Bold. Dark. Deep. I wish this was legal in Norway!
Sláinte! - Thomas