Jack Daniel’s unveils first cask strength whiskeyBy Melita Kiely
Jack Daniel’s is launching its very first cask strength Tennessee whiskey as part of its Single Barrel Collection – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof.
Scheduled for a nationwide launch in the US this August, Barrel Proof ranges from 62.5% abv to 70% abv and joins the collection’s existing expression, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select.
Barrel Proof is made using cave spring water from the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, proprietary yeast and a charcoal-mellowing process – the same one adopted for the distillery’s original 150-year-old Tennessee whiskey recipe.
The whiskey is aged in white American oak barrels in the upper sectors of the barrelhouse in order to expose it to the extreme weather fluctuations in Lynchburg.
“As master distiller at Jack Daniel’s, I get the privilege of travelling to the top floors of our barrelhouses in Lynchburg and hand drilling individual barrels,” explained Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s master distiller.
“I’m always amazed at the intensity of the aromas and the deep amber colours, and yet at the same time, the exceptional smoothness of the whiskey at this higher proof point.
“After years of thinking about and discussing a barrel proof offering from Jack Daniel’s, we believe that now is the perfect time to make this available to all of our friends around the world.
“I’m confident that everyone will be as impressed as I was the first time I tasted this unique form of Single Barrel whiskey.”
Although each barrel differs slightly, the range is said to have flavours of sweet vanilla and toasted oak that give a “great intensity and complexity” but with an “exceptionally smooth finish”.
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof will carry an RRP of US$65 per 750ml.
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