A watershed bottling being the brand’s first new mash bill in 150 years (70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley). This follows on from what started with an “Unaged Rye” in 2012. Reportedly at least fours years old (though not confirmed) the barrels are aged in the upper regions of the barrel house where they’re exposed to broad temperature variations.
Tasting note: Beaming deep amber colour. Initial whiffs of shellac are subdued by attractive aromas of apple pie, oak shavings, clove and later, peachy fruit in an unusual opening bouquet. Air contact adds dusty cocoa and cool mint. Semi sweet entry leads into a well rounded rye – no sharp edges here, in fact almost buttery in the mouth with gentle spice, glace cherry and peppermint, finishing with Jack Daniel’s signature maple-char flavours and cherry notes through the aftertaste. A textural, mid-range style that hits all the right notes. 45% Alc./Vol.