This year marks the 150 anniversary of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. And what better way to commemorate this milestone than by releasing a brand new expression of the iconic bourbon.
Here are five things you should know about the new Jack:
- It’s been barrelled (and bottled) at 100-proof. It tastes often like a “complex tasting notes of butterscotch and toffee upon first taste followed by a full, smooth and lingering finish with warm flavours of toasted oak.”
- This special Tennessee whisky is distilled from the same grain mash bill as the Old No. 7, and consists of 80 percent corn, 12 percent barley, and 8 percent rye; staying true to the process established by Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel, its founder. Because if it ain’t broke, why fix it.
- It then goes into specially crafted new American oak barrels where the whisky is “slow-roasted”. What does that mean? Each drop of the spirit was mellowed through ten feet of maple sugar charcoal; a technique the distillery has been experimenting with for years to achieve a “contemporary expression of the 1866 barrel char”.
- The barrels were then stored in the ‘Angel’s Roost’; the sweetest spot in the distillery’s oldest barrelhouse, where according to JD, “whiskey has matured for generations at an elevation and with the exposure to sunlight that creates the perfect climate for the greatest interaction between the whiskey and barrel.”
- No word on the number of bottles up for grabs to explain the ‘Limited Edition’ tag, but there’s a long waitlist for the new bourbon since it went up on sale on September 7.