Jack Daniels review
Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 needs no introduction. It’s the Tennessee whiskey/bourbon that anyone who ever has had whiskey before has probably drunk. The hot selling American whiskey has had a few masters in its 150 years of history and a few of them didn’t know all the secrets that are to be known about this whiskey. The current master distiller Jeff Arnett admitted to not knowing why the drink was called number 7!! This article is all about all the secrets and all the interesting facts there are to know about this century old drink Jack daniels . Not only will we explore the most famous Tennessee whiskey to exist but we will also try to figure out what makes this drink so popular with the youth even today.
American whiskey holds certain criteria, and is not limited to being Tennessee whiskey or Bourbon whiskey. The American law defines whiskey to be an alcohol beverage distilled from fermented grains, it is to be produced at 90 U.S. proof which is 45% alcohol by volume and once distilled is to be stored in oak barrels and is to be bottled at not less than 80 proof. The law however does not define the age of the oak barrels or limit the time that the whiskey needs to spend in an oak barrel before packaging. All types of whiskey such as malt whiskey, rye whiskey, wheat whiskey, Bourbon whiskey, Tennessee whiskey and even corn whiskey fit the description that the American law states for a whiskey.
Tennessee and Bourbon whiskey
Both Tennessee and Bourbon whiskey are two huge classes that are labeled over almost all American whiskey. They are really similar in production but follow different jurisdictions. All Tennessee whiskey can be categorized as Bourbon whiskey, the only difference being that after production, Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar, maple and charcoal.
Jack Daniel chose an efficient recipe of 80% corn, 12% barley and 8% rye. The unique combination generated by the mixture of these three grains creates a different experience. The 80% corn gives the beverage its sweetness and the rye further enhances the sweetness. The barley is responsible for the creamy and smooth texture. Water is an essential part of any whiskey, and Jack Daniels uses Tennessee
spring water to make the drink. Tennessee spring water does not have sediments and does not have impurities and is pure and clean.
As mentioned on the label of the bottle of the whiskey, sour mash is a process used in manufacture of Jack Daniel old no.7. The process is used to uphold the quality and consistency of the whiskey. The mash left from the previous batch is mixed with the mash of the current batch similar to the process of curding of milk, where curd is added to milk to produce new curd.
Another special process used in manufacture of this whiskey is Charcoal mellowing that differentiates it from the Bourbon whiskeys. The charcoal is used to mellow down as well as filter the whiskey. This is a unique strategy used by the company that has helped it reach heights of success. In this process, maple wood is collected and lit on fire, and then it is made to burn and eventually the fire is extinguished with water, then the burnt wood is broken down to pieces. The pieces are placed in 10ft wide and deep container and the charcoal pieces are then trapped with a network of pipes that hold the unfiltered natural spirit from where it drips through the pipes and through the charcoal into a deck placed below. This is a long process and takes up to 5 days to finish.
An integral part of the final steps of maturing a whiskey involves selection and storage in barrels. Jack Daniels specially takes care in selecting barrels. The barrels used for the old number 7 are typically American white oak casks which are a vital part of preserving and infusing flavor. The company also makes sure to use brand new barrels every time. Jack Daniels is so adamant over the barrels used that
they produce the barrels themselves without the use of any glue or nails. After use the cask are sold to Scotch distilleries or beer companies.
Maturation is also known as the process of aging whiskeys. Jack Daniels typically does not have maturation criteria about age or storage. The master distiller decides when a particular cask is ready to be bottled and sold. There is no particular age treatment given to the whiskey but the climate may be essential in deciding the time of packaging of whiskey from a barrel.
The bottle is square in shape and a unique design making it stand out in bars and pubs. The bottle has a puffed neck and a black cap. The bottle has a black label stating the name of the company ‘Jack Daniel’s’ and the specification of ‘Old No.7.’ The bottle states that it is a Tennessee whiskey and usually packaged in 1 liter packaging. It has a 40% alcohol by volume content. The technique of sour mash being used is also detailed on the label. The 1 liter bottles have become very rare with the new advances and now a 750ml bottle is more easily available.
The side face of the bottle also has an extension of the black label with the photo of Jack Daniels and some information about his inspiration and his ideologies. The back of the bottle has another label stating that the whiskey is made only in Lynchburg, a small town in
Tennessee. The bottle also has a sort description of the uniqueness of the whiskey which enhances the attributes of the maturation, mellowing, tasting and awards the whiskey holds. The bottle stands out distinctly in a crowd. But the mystery about the Old No.7 and what it means continues to exist.
The bottle is priced at Rs.4320 subject to location. The price has been drastically reduced in recent years with the upcoming of other prominent and good whiskeys. Earlier it used to be priced at about Rs.6000 subject to location.
t is very dark in color when compared to other whiskeys and has a unique Baltic amber color. It is quite unique in color and makes the drink very alluring. There is no artificial color added to the whiskey and is all natural.
“Nothing but class in a glass.” It does not have an aggressive smell at all but has a sweet smell and the smell predicts it to be a smooth drink. There is a floral note to the drink. The essence of honey and vanilla is also experienced. The flavor of oak is also distinct and makes it great.
It has a very warm feel and has a strong taste of butterscotch. The mouth feel is coating and sweet in nature. A hint of vanilla also makes the drink refreshing. The oaky taste and feel of the drink give it a unique soothness. A tiny hint of a banana flavor is experienced. It has a very smooth finish and has a long finish that lingers on your taste buds for long. The long finish is dominated by the vanilla essence
giving it a mild, mellow, gentle and smooth finish. It is a mild whiskey that gives a unique taste. The absence of peat makes it a favorable option for someone who doesn’t like the peaty and smoky flavor. And all of us know Jack Daniel with coke is a world famous drink that is truly divine but the mix of coke can wash away some flavors.
Always remember to drink moderately, and efficiently and in safe measures. Have a happy and exciting