Jack Daniels, the powerhouse of American whiskey, has not fared well in my tastings. In the Tennessee Smackdown I was unimpressed with both Old Number 7 and the too sweet Gentleman Jack. Well, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, so I ended up with the final version of Jack's regular expressions: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.
A single barrel expression, as you will recall, means the contents come from a single cask of whiskey. However, in a non-cask strength version, such as this, the contents are diluted with water prior to bottling.
Will a single barrel Jack taste better? Let's find out.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, 47% alcohol, (owned by Brown-Forman), $40-50.
The nose is somewhat understated with some corn sweetness and alcohol.
On sipping, there is that explosion of traditional Jack syrupy sweetness. It's a light, sweet whiskey, very much in the JD tradition.
In sum: It tastes like alcoholic corn syrup.
Sorry, but, in the words of the old blues song, "I don't dig you, Jack."