Thursday, July 10, 2014
Dusty Thursday: Jack Daniel's 90 Proof (Circa 1974)
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 has been around for years, but the proof has gradually dwindled. Originally, it was bottled at 90 proof. In 1987, it went down to 86 proof and then in 2002 it dropped to the legal minimum of 80 proof. Today's dusty is a 90 proof Jack from 1974.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 (circa 1974), 45% abv
The nose is sweet with maple syrup and perfume notes. Compared to the sweet nose, the palate is surprisingly dry with oak, smoke and tobacco. The finish is peppery/spicy leading to medicinal notes. Yum!
This is really delicious stuff, a far cry from the syrupy sweet JD of today. If this is what Jack used to taste like, it makes me understand how it built such a loyal fan base. It's got bold flavors like spice and tobacco and some real complexity. I feel like I should go back in time Terminator-style and stop whoever was responsible for turning this stuff into the cloying, 80 proof crap it is today.