Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof

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◾Distiller: Jack Daniels, Lynchburg, TN (Brown-Foreman)
◾ABV: 66.15% (Proof: 132.3º)
◾Mash Bill: 80% Corn, 8% Rye, 12% Barley Malt
◾Barrel Entry Proof: Unknown
◾Barrel Char Level: #3 (Brown Foreman Cooperage)
◾Age: Not Stated
◾Price Paid: $63
◾Rick no: L-25
◾Barrel No: 15-6419
◾Bottling Date: 11-04-15
◾Availability: Limited

What it is:

This is the first Tennessee Whiskey reviewed by ModernThirst.  So let’s skip to the first question on everyone’s mind- What’s the difference between bourbon and Tennessee whiskey?  Not much.  By law, Tennessee whiskey is bourbon made in Tennessee that undergoes the Licoln County process…a filtration through charcoal made from Sugar Maple prior to barreling.  This kick starts the aging process, and some say adds flavor.

So is it bourbon?  Probably.  That’s been hashed out so often it’s not even worth getting into. If not, it’s REALLY similar.  So let’s move on.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Strength Whiskey is just as the name says.  It’s standard Jack Daniels chosen from a single barrel and bottled at a blistering 132.3 proof.


This is sold in a dark cardboard box with a square cordial bottle with real cork top.  Very attractive.

Jack Daniels Cask Strength 3


Medium amber


Smooth oak, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar


Caramel, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Pepper, Graham Crackers


Medium-long, sweet caramel corn, oaky tannins, some cloves

Jack Daniels Cask Strength 5


I was really surprised by this.  Where I usually avoid standard Jack Daniels like it’s a rabid mongoose infected with syphilis, this is an incredibly sweet and tasty sip.  It explodes with a graham-crackery sweetness on the tongue and never approaches the tongue-blistering alcohol-forward profile I expected from a 130+ proof whiskey.  To top it off, it worked excellently in an Old Fashioned cocktail.   Cheers to The Jack Daniels team, Jack Daniels Barrel Proof is a keeper.

ModernThirst.com Score: 90 out of 100 points

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