Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Review

Country: USA
Brand: Jack Daniels Old No. 7
Type: Whiskey (Tennessee)/Bourbon. Lots of arguments on this issue.
Age:  At least 3 Years
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Dark Orange/Reddish

Nose:  Sweet Corn, Buttered Toast, Charred Oak, Vanilla, Caramel, Acetone, Varnish, Coconut  (Bounty Candy Bar), light Orange, light Ripe Banana, light Peach and Sour Apples. It's not bad but there are quite some Young and Rough elements. Almost like the product is only half-finished.

Taste: Bitter-Sweet, Slightly Thin and Hot. I find Sweet Cereals, Charred Oak, Caramel, Vanilla, Orange, Banana, Cherry Flavoured Cough Syrup, Cinnamon and Pepper.  

Finish: Short and slightly Hot. Dry and a little Bitter towards the end. I find Charred Oak, Bitter Orange, Vanilla, Caramel, Pepper, Cinnamon, light Licorice, Green Apples, Menthol and a touch of Lemon.

I added a few drops of water to the Old No. 7 that brought more mellow Wood, Peach and Vanilla to the nose. Palate and Finish do not benefit from the added water although you do get rid of most of the Sharp elements. The Nose is a bit better with Water but you better sip it neat or (even better) on the Rocks!

Rating: 77 

Nose: 20 – Taste: 19 – Finish: 19 – Overall : 19

General Remarks:

The Jack Daniels Distillery is located in Lynchburg (Tennessee). It was indeed founded by a man called Jack Daniel in 1866 and it stayed in the family until 1956 when it was bought by Brown Forman from Kentucky.

Drinking Experience Neat: Average/Okay

Drinking Experience on the Rocks: Good

Conclusion: Jack Daniels Old # 7 can be enjoyed neat but it's way better over Ice or in the mix. It's a very young Spirit that has some slightly harsh elements. I reviewed this Jack Daniels for the first time in September 2016 but I almost completely rewrote it today (March 16, 2017). The reason is that I have so much more experience at the moment with tasting Whisky/Whiskey/Bourbon that it's much easier to describe the Aromas and Flavours. However, I did not change the score as I'm still comfortable with my 2011 result. The Old # 7 is not really expensive of course but you can't compare it to my favourite JD, the

Jan van den Ende                                   September 16, 2011 and March 16, 2017

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