Review: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye / by Jason Hambrey

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Charred Virgin Oak
70% Rye, 18% Corn, 12% Malted Barley
Distiller Jack Daniels (Lynchburg, Tennessee)

The baseline releases from Jack Daniel’s aren’t worth much, but they have a few upper end releases which are quite nice - I am partial to the barrel proof, and the single barrel releases can be quite nice as well. Jack Daniel’s only started making rye relatively recently, with the first release of this coming in 2016, and they use their charcoal mellowing process with this whisky as with their standard releases.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Barrel 19-02381 Bott. 4.2.19 Rick R-19

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Rich, oaky, fruity rye. It is immediately appealing. Banana, spicy oak, dried apple, prunes, cloves, dried apricots, stewed fruits, butter frosting, hibiscus, oak, lemon zest, ripe apricot, and some dried, orange peel. There’s lots there. The palate has terrific balance between the flavours, the tannins, and the heat. Mouthfeel is decent, but would be awesome if a bit thicker (oh for a non-chill filtered version!). I’d love an unfiltered, cask strength version of this – I think it would be a big wow, especially if it had one or two more years on it.

To be honest, it’s kind of exactly what I would expect a good version of a Jack Daniel’s rye to taste like – except it isn’t as candied as I would have thought. That’s good in my books! Great stuff.

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very high, at $60.