Jack Daniels Barrel Proof Select Whiskey
It is whiskey as nature intended it—bottled straight from the barrel at its full proof. Intense, smooth, and remarkably varied, Barrel Proof is bottled at anywhere from 125 to 140-proof, taking Jack’s trademark vanilla and toasted oak flavors to bold new levels.
As Master Distiller at Jack Daniels, Jeff Arnett has the enviable task of drilling and tasting all the individual barrels. It has been his wish to share the experience, that of enjoying Jack Daniels Whiskey uncut and un-filtered in its purest form that evolved into the launch of this unique and incredible expression. Barrel Proof is Jack Daniel’s' first ever barrel strength whiskey joining ranks with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select to become the second in the highly acclaimed Single Barrel Collection.
The mash bill is the same mashbill as classic Jack and is mixed with same cave spring water that is used in all Jack Daniels whiskies. It has been fermented with Jack Daniel’s proprietary yeast blend and crafted using the same 150-year-old sour mash process.
This is the first time that Jack Daniel’s has offered their single barrel product to the public in barrel strength form. Jack Daniel's already offers a single barrel whiskey watered down to 94 proof. The barrel proof is bottled at whatever proof the whiskey comes out in the barrel. As each barrel has a different alcohol content due to evaporation during the aging process, there is no standard proof for this bottling.
Color: Burnished penny
Nose: Banana bread for days, toasted marshmallow, deep caramel, faint salted almonds. It somewhat reminds of Barrell Bourbon Batch 013 because it leans more towards savory notes.
Palate: A combination of maple sugar candy and bananas lies on a bed of burnt wood. It is rich and inviting. Praline Pecans, over-ripe bananas, warm buttery biscuits.
Finish: Some heat upon the swallow, but it fades quickly. Any sort of creaminess disappears as well. Then the oak tannins settle in. I get a bit of dry leather, but it morphs into dark chocolate and a campfire-charred marshmallow.
Mash bill: 80% corn, 12% malted barley, 8% rye.
Cask Type: New, Charred American Oak Barrels.
ABV: 66.2 / 132.4 Proof.
Jack Emen, Whiskey and Spirits Writer score: 92