Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye
I was lucky enough to try Jack Daniels single barrel Rye for the first time a few months ago, it's the first new mash recipe since 1866 (Mind Blown!), I was quite surprised to hear that Jack Daniels was getting involved in the rye boom!
I m a huge fan of rye whiskeys so I was extremely intrigued to see what they had come up with, The Single barrel rye mash bill consists of 70% Rye, 18%corn, 12% Malted Barley, and from what I can find out it is around 4 years old. I have also seen a recent press release for Jack Daniels Tennessee Rye soon to be landing on the UK shores (if it's not already here).
I was pleasantly surprised by this rye a lot better than expected and proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (or by its family?) but, its still distinctively Jack Daniels and would love to try this before the charcoal filtration as I think it loses a lot of its potential character, still decent though.
You can pick up a bottle at Master of Malt to try for yourself.
Thanks to Barry from The Whiskyphiles for this sample.
Straight off the bat, you get that distinctive sweet maple Tennessee nose that comes from the charcoal filtration, with a nutty cinnamon spice and almost doughy.
Well I'm presently surprised, initial hit of alcohol that soon dies off then extremely rich with caramelized bananas and butterscotch, not as spicy as you would expect from a heavy 70% rye mash bill
Hazelnutty and chestnutty (or something along those lines) with the banana still lingering, then the heavy rye spice rears it head, leaving the palate with a slight alcohol burn