Jack Daniel’s adds beer barrel-finished whiskey to Tasters’ line

15th July, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Jack Daniel’s has extended its Tennessee Tasters’ Selection experimental whiskey range with the launch of two expressions: Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2.

Barrel Proof Rye has a 70% rye grain bill

Brown-Forman-owned Jack Daniel’s released the limited edition range in October last year, which debuted with three expressions.

The latest additions to the range are Barrel Proof Rye, which is available to buy now, and Reunion Barrel #2, which will be released this autumn.

Like the rest of the range, each release is expected to yield approximately 24,000 bottles followed by another limited release every few months.

Barrel Proof Rye is a 127.6 proof (63.8% abv) whiskey which is said to be “reflective of the taste and quality of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye”. It has a 70% rye grain bill, along with “complex fruity flavours and toasted oak notes”.

Meanwhile, Reunion Barrel #2 is described as “thick with vanilla and oak notes”. It has been finished in oatmeal stout beer barrels that provide a “creamy texture with hints of oats, coffee and chocolate-covered cherries”.

“Our master tasters continue to amaze us throughout this series, and both Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2 are outstanding examples of that,” said master distiller Jeff Arnett.

“We’re thrilled to release the first rye whiskey in this series through Barrel Proof Rye, which is sure to be a fan favourite for anyone who enjoys our Tennessee Rye.

“We can’t wait for the fall release of Reunion Barrel #2, as the beer barrel finish is a new experiment that we can’t wait to share as a limited release.”

The new bottlings are exclusively available from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery and select stores across Tennessee. Barrel Proof Rye and Reunion Barrel #2 are both priced at US$39.99 per 375ml bottle.

The 375ml format reflects sample bottles used daily by the distillery’s master tasters and include a customised label, distillery name embossment on the front, and ‘Taster Sampler Bottle’ mark on the back.

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