Age: 10 Years
Distillery: Jack Daniel’s
Nose: Almond, Banana Bread, Butterscotch, Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fig, Honey, Oak, Charred Oak, Tobacco, Vanilla, Seasoned Oak
Taste: Syrupy/Tannic mouthfeel. Banana, Brown Butter, Butterscotch, Candied Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Molasses, Raisin, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Heavy Oak, Leather, Old Tobacco.
Finish: Medium-Long Length. Clove, Cinnamon-Sugar, and Oak hit the tongue instantly; Molasses, Nutmeg, and Dried Fruit take over; transferring into Chocolate covered Dates, Leather, Tobacco, and a hint of that signature Banana note we all know about.
It’s not overly tannic, but the fruit component really helps balance out the heavy oak quality of the whiskey (it is bourbon, btw), with dusted cinnamon-sugar, chocolate, and molasses really keeping the spice in check.
Overall: Love it.! This is a quality whiskey and every aspect of it shows. For $74.99 this is worthy of the price tag as an LE (limited edition). You may argue Eagle Rare or Russell’s 10 are both sub $40, but those are not limited items – or are not supposed to be. Take an Old Fitz bottle, it would be $100+ retail and people would happily pay that.
Jack Daniel’s did a stellar job on this and I love it.
It has a little bit of everything – old musty tobacco barn, heavy oak, molasses, vanilla cream, banana bread – you name it, this is almost a perfect whiskey for me and the profile aligns exactly with my palate.
And I don’t want to forget, the 97 proof point is perfect. The finish hangs on just enough before drying out, but by that point you’ll want another sip, or at least I did. Blind this against some other 10 year old bourbons of today and you’d think it’s 15+ years old.
Value Rating: 10/10
Total Score: 9.25/10