It appears to me that Jack Daniel’s are capitalising on the US Whiskey/Bourbon boom and are rapidly expanding their range. Just like Jim Beam, there is a Rye, Spice, Honey and other variations on a theme. This Gentleman Jack is the next step up from the standard I believe. As you may be aware Jack Daniel’s charcoal mellow their spirits by filtering it through maple charcoal before filling it into their barrels. This is what makes Tennessee Whiskey what it is. Bourbons are typically sweet and I find this process for Tennessee Whiskies makes them a bit more sweeter. The process is officially called the Lincoln County Process. The process is meant to create a sweeter, cleaner and more mellow texture to the whiskey. The Gentleman Jack has been charcoal mellowed twice over in comparison to once for the standard JD.
Whisky: Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, 40%
Nose: Apple, nail polish, cinnamon, rhubarb, custard, crumble, citrus
Taste: Rhubarb, apple, vanilla, butterscotch, cinnamon
Summary: This is a very different experience to the standard Jack Daniel’s. This is less cloying and much more lighter and refreshing in a way. I charcoal mellow process done twice over really shows here. It reminds me of the texture I get from Basil Hayden’s. I get lots of apple and a rhubarb note strangely enough. There is not much complexity to this but it does deliver something different to the standard Jack Daniel’s. A cleaner, fresher and lighter alternative. This would make a nice summer sipper. Worth a try if you fancy a change from the standard Jack Daniel’s.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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