There are many, many different names and brands in the spirit industry nowadays. Some of them are newer than others, while others have a historical reputation anyone is familiar with. No matter who you are talking about though, everyone knows Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.
Jack Daniel’s was founded back during the mid 1870’s and has been a staple ever since. The hometown of the distillery is located in Lynchburg, Tennessee, which is of course part of the dry county of Moore. What an amazing dynamic for a distillery the caliber of Jack Daniel’s to have been born and grown out of the middle of a dry county.
Over the course of time, there have been various benchmarks in the Jack Daniel’s legend, one of which is 1911 when the Black Label, the label we all associate with the distillery currently, was created. In 1988, Gentleman Jack was officially revealed by the distillery with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel being introduced the very next decade.
This distillery is one of pride, tradition and quality, the latter of which is of paramount importance when it comes to purchasing a product. Some companies talk about quality like it is a marketing term, but when it comes to Jack Daniel’s you know you are getting something special.
Shifting toward the current day, the holidays are such a wonderful, memorable time of year and when a lot of people think about good times, there is a certain drink that comes to mind. Whether its Christmas, Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, you have a drink that reminds you of the best times you’ve had with loved ones and we’d like to shine the spotlight on some spirits for your holiday considerations.
Unless you are already knowledgeable about the variety and depth of Jack Daniel’s products, then we’d like to take the chance to enlighten you about some of Jack’s finest. From Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, to Jack Daniel’s Winter Select, to the world renowned Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey, there’s some Jack to go around for everyone this holiday season.
Jack Daniel’s Holiday Select
2014 will mark the fourth year that Jack Daniel’s has decided to release a special edition of Jack Daniel’s Holiday Select. Fit for the more special occasion this holiday with family and friends, Holiday Select will once again be made but only in sparing quantities.
The proof of this particular batch of Jack has changed every year since it started in 2011. That year saw the proof check in at 100, 2012 finished with at 90.4 proof and 2013 measured in at 98 proof whiskey. This year’s edition of Holiday Select will be arriving with a 96 proof, the third highest proof since the concept was born.
This year’s edition will be the first time it has come from the “Single Barrel” side of Jack Daniel’s. Master Distiller Jeff Arnett will be using top-of-the-line barrels that are in the oak, sweet, vanilla and caramel categories. All of that should help deliver the most balanced product yet.
Holiday Select is a personal favorite of mine, even though there are some other incredible Jack Daniel’s spirits to enjoy. The boldness of Holiday Select is what has won me over. It’s a definitive taste and is magnificent. The only detraction I would give Holiday Select is that it’s only available during a small window each year.
As you would expect, Arnett believes this release from Jack’s “Single Barrel” crop is the best ever. If you are lucky enough to pick up a bottle of Holiday Select 2014, you will also be getting a limited edition gift box with it.
Not only is Jack Daniel’s Holiday Select 2014 a limited release, but it is a one of a kind release and we most likely will never see another like it again.
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select
The name of this particular brand of Jack Daniel’s does not need much explanation. Frank Sinatra did not only drink Jack Daniel’s as his beverage of choice, but he was a loyal friend of many people at the company. The distillery recognized this in one of the most profound ways possible. They created a brand of Jack Daniel’s specifically for Mr. Sinatra.
Created from unique “Sinatra barrels,” Sinatra Select checks in at 90 proof. The relationship between the Sinatra family and Jack Daniel’s is cross-generational and Frank Sinatra Jr. said it best when describing the new brand of Jack Daniel’s.
“I’m very pleased to continue to be a part of the Jack Daniel’s family and feel the introduction of Sinatra Select is an appropriate tribute as we near my father’s 100th birthday in 2015. Dad would be very flattered by the association,” Sinatra JR. said.
Getting to the nitty-gritty of what this whiskey is about, it’s absolutely for the more refined, experienced whiskey drinkers. With specific barrels being chosen for the creation of this particular premium, the result yields a distinct, dark display of a well-rounded whiskey.
The characteristics we just mentioned come from the additional layers of “toasted wood” that lie on the surface of the inside of the Sinatra barrels. While you may recognize some sweet notes, there is a strong presence of smoke and spice that help setup a bold finish. Smoothness still has a relevant component to the whiskey, but we noticed the smoke and spice more than the latter.
If you are someone who typically enjoys a mixer with their whiskey, you may want to think about going with Old No. 7 Jack Daniel’s instead of Sinatra Select. The latter is taylor-made for sipping and should not be diluted with ice.
High-class, sipping whiskey drinkers, this is the whiskey for you. Sinatra Select is unquestionably a special occasion whiskey and we highly recommend it for all refined whiskey drinkers this holiday season. Sinatra Select is available at most liquor outlets around the United States.
Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack
Jack Daniel’s fans have implored the distillery to release it once again, and the company is pleased to say Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack will be returning once more for the 2014 holiday season.
Contrary to the previous two bottles of Jack we’ve spoken about, Winter Jack is a beverage that should be enjoyed often. Any holiday party would surely be enhanced with a bottle of Jack Tennessee Cider.
The 30 proof spirit will once again deliver the delicious taste of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, blended with a slew of holiday spices and of course, apple cider liqueur. If you’re wanting a little more detail behind the holiday spices that are in Winter Jack, you’ll be pleased to know those are made up of clove, cinnamon and orange.
A recommendation I would make for Winter Jack is to make sure you drink it with a mixer of sorts. One recipe that I would highly recommend for Winter Jack is this apple cider. It is delicious, great for any adult to drink and most important of all, it’s easy to make.
Lynne Tolley, who is the great-grandniece of Jack Daniel and an official taster for the distillery, spoke about Winter Jack and the components that help make it what it is.
“Winter Jack brings together two complementary tastes in a new way. The quality and character of Winter Jack is in keeping with the Jack Daniel’s tradition.
“We think our friends will enjoy the spiced warmth of this new flavor experience that is crafted with our Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey as its foundation,” Tolley
Jack Daniel’s continue to embellish upon its current lineup and it is very encouraging to see Winter Jack return. Originally launched in New Hampshire during 2012, this edition of Jack exploded in popularity and thanks to consumers, it’s back for a third time.
Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Series No. 2
If you were not up to date on your Jack Daniel’s history, there have only been seven master distillers in the company’s existence. Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Series No. 2 was made in honor of an earlier master distriller, Jess Motlow.
Jess Motlow held the high title of master distiller from 1911 through 1941, which was longer than former master distillers Lem Tolley, Jess Gamble and Frank Bobo. Motlow was the individual who helped steer the distillery through the tumultuous waters of Prohibition.
While this is an affordable alternative to say, Sinatra Jack, you will be pleased to know this is one of Jack Daniel’s finest whiskeys. The distillery is planning to release a total of six Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Series by the time they are finished making the series.
The company is making one for every master distiller in Jack Daniel’s history, with Jeff Arnett potentially receiving one once he is finished with his time at the distillery, but that remains to be seen.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
As anyone will tell you, Jack Daniel’s is an oh so delicious whiskey, but for some, you may like to have a little bit of alternative or sweetness to your whiskey. For those who are looking for something top-shelf with a bit of sweetness, you need to look no further than Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.
Flavored whiskeys have become a surging trend in the whiskey industry and as such, distillers like Jack Daniel’s have had to make product adjustments to accommodate consumers’ changing tastes.
A 70 proof alternative to the astounding taste of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey was originally created back in 2011. The key ingredient that helps bring out that distinguished, distinct sweet taste is a homegrown honey liqueur.
Some other honey spirits tend to possess too much of a dominant honey presence that overwhelms the base whiskey taste. It’s an important balance because at the end of the day, you are still drinking whiskey and the majority of the taste should reflect that.
If you’ve had the opportunity to try this particular type of Jack before, then you’ll immediately recognize the tactful blend between the whiskey and honey. As I’ve said, it’s easy for a distiller to overwhelm drinkers with the honey notes, but like the rest of their products, Tennessee Honey hits a home-run with its balance.
I would recommend this for any novice to intermediate whiskey drinker or if you are just looking for something different. You can do so much with this beverage, so no matter who you are really, you should feel comfortable approaching Tennessee Honey.
If you’re the type that enjoys a nice mixed drink, you should try sampling this with either lemonade or ginger ale. Both I’d highly recommend if you’re looking to go that route. This is another fantastic holiday choice, and of the whiskeys we have talked about thus far, they all hold that trait in common.
Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Well what can we really say about some good old fashioned Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey? This is by far the most famous, respected, day-in, day-out delicious whiskey the distillery has to offer.
Sure the previous few whiskeys we’ve discussed serve some specific needs and purposes for people, but let’s be honest, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey gets the job done each and every day. The balance and boldness of Old No. 7 helps generate a truly magnificent taste, and one that you can enjoy over and over.
Some folks who are not as apt to drinking whiskey straight may enjoy some recipes that Jack Daniel’s offers via their site. I would add that anytime you get Coke or Ginger Ale involved with Jack Daniel’s, great things tend to happen.
The world-renowned spirit is its usual 80 proof self and in total has been awarded seven international gold medals. There’s not a whole lot the No. 7 Black Label has yet to accomplish in the land of whiskey.
Already having received the honored title of “world’s best whiskey,” what else is there? The only thing you can really say about this whiskey, is it is the best of the best and is worth the investment now, then and in the future.
The holiday season is about spending time with those you love and for many people, having Jack Daniel’s around in one form another is a tradition. Savor time spent with loved ones, hold onto traditions created over the years and most of all, have a very happy holiday season.