If there was ever a brand of whiskey that the whole world has heard of, it is definitely Jack Daniel’s. This is a brand of Tennessee whiskey and is the world’s top-selling American whiskey. The founder of this brand was Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, who was born in 1850, though his exact date of birth that year is unknown. He was the youngest of ten children, and after the death of his mother, his father remarried and had three more children.
Due to his difficult relationship with his stepmother after the passing of his father, he ran away and was taken in by Dan Call, who was a moonshine distiller. This is when Jasper Newton started to learn more about the distilling trade and process. Eventually, he started his own business, the Jack Daniel’s we all know today. Of course, there is a lot more to the history of how Jack Daniel’s came to be.
One of the signature single barrel offerings from the brand is the Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select. It is bottled in one of their typical single barrel bottles, with the iconic black label.
Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select is bottled at 94-proof, and while it might not be officially labeled as bourbon, it does meet the criteria for bourbon, just like most of Jack Daniel’s whiskeys.
After the distillation process, Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select goes through the Lincoln Country Process. It is allowed to drip for six days in ten-foot vats, which will pass through charcoal that is made by burning the maple wood that has been impregnated with Jack Daniel’s 140-proof whiskey, before it is finally put in a new charred oak barrel, and after for about 4 to 7 years.
As you open the bottle, you will get plenty of toasty oak hints, with notes of cereal and corn sweetness. There is also that good smoke note, with a bit of toffee and spices. It is pleasant on the nose, and the palate is even better. You get to taste the dried banana chips, toasted oak, and caramel almost immediately. Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select has a good length of finish, which offers a hint of citrus and a lot of cereal sweetness. It is best served neat, but you can serve it however you see fit!