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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Special Release 2020 Barrel Proof Rye

$65.00

OVERALL
RATING

8

Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2020 Barrel Proof Rye

Tasting Notes:

About:
Mash Bill: 70% rye, 12% malt, 18% corn. Aged in new American oak. Charcoal mellowed. 125 – 140 proof. $65.
Appearance:
Copper
Nose:
Fruit notes of lemon zest and banana are noted on the front of the nose then quickly disappear. It is then rich with french toast, brown sugar, melted butter and vanilla. The nose is surprisingly bourbon-like.
Palate:
Banana cream pie with freshly whipped cream and vanilla make way for a spicy mid palate of cinnamon, black pepper and clove. This is followed by a fairly mellow but lengthy finish of earl grey, star anise and ginger that numbs the cheek and tongue. The proof is there but manageable. that balances the icy hot effect of rye with the sweetness for which Jack Daniel’s is known. The finish isn’t what I would call “smooth” but the burn was just enough and spices danced around for a significant time after swallowing. Jack Daniel’s special editions will be on my radar for the foreseeable future. Sending User Review 3.31 (36 votes) Buy A Bottle Share: XFacebookLinkedInEmail Drinks Aizome Island – Tropical Style Minor Cobbler Strawberry Rhubarb Julep Crimson & Clover Club Wynken, Blynken, & Nog Related Articles Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Triple Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke American Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.3 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh 12 Years Old Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline American Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Rye Whiskey American / Reviews Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Octomore 14.2 Reviews / Scotch Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Editor’s Note: This whisky was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whisky Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend Reviews / Scotch Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Highline Straight Kentucky Whiskey American / Reviews Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Editor’s Note: This whiskey was… READ ARTICLE ? about Whiskey Review: Savage & Cooke Bourbon Bourbon / Reviews Faith Raspante Faith Raspante is a freelance writer and bartender based in Portland, Oregon. A love of craft cocktails and creative mixology led Faith to discover the nuanced pleasure of tasting whiskey and other spirits. When she isn’t behind the bar or in front of a laptop she enjoys boating, home improvement… More by Faith Raspante Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Connect with on on LinkedIn About Advertise Subscribe Editorial Standards Privacy Policy Terms of Use
Finish:
Comments:
This wowed me. My sample was 130.8 proof and it’s been a while since I tasted a whiskey that strong and wanted another sip. It is incredibly flavorful with a palate that balances the icy hot effect of rye with the sweetness for which Jack Daniel’s is known. The finish isn’t what I would call “smooth” but the burn was just enough and spices danced around for a significant time after swallowing. Jack Daniel’s special editions will be on my radar for the foreseeable future.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Jack Daniel’s. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Jack Daniel’s is one of the most recognizable names in American whiskey today. Primarily known for their Tennessee sour mash Old No. 7, one does not necessarily think “rye” when they hear Jack Daniel’s.  The distillery, based in Lynchburg, Tennessee, launched their first rye in 2017 after making whiskey for over 150 years. Rye had steadily gained popularity over the previous decade, owed to a resurgence of its use in craft cocktails. At the end of 2020 the brand released a Single Barrel Special Release Barrel Proof Rye.

Consisting of just 200 barrels, it is noted to be a Tennessee rye that is the distillery’s newest recipe since Prohibition. The mash bill is 70% rye, 12% malt and 18% corn, with a proof in the range of 125 – 140 depending on the barrel. This is the first release for newly appointed Master Distiller Chris Fletcher who has said, “This barrel proof offering is as close as you can get to being inside a barrelhouse and sampling for yourself”. With a rye heavy mash bill and high proof this whiskey is likely to have quite a bit of spice. It is aged in new American white oak barrels with the Jack Daniel’s signature charcoal mellowing. 

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2020 Barrel Proof Rye is available in limited quantities with an MSRP of $65 per 750 ml bottle. It was drawn from barrels that were aging in the highest areas of a barrel house.

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 2020 Special Release Barrel Proof Rye
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel 2020 Special Release Barrel Proof Rye (image via Jack Daniel’s)

Tasting Notes: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2020 Barrel Proof Rye

Vital Stats: Mash Bill: 70% rye, 12% malt, 18% corn. Aged in new American oak. Charcoal mellowed. 125 – 140 proof. $65. 

Appearance: Copper

Nose: Fruit notes of lemon zest and banana are noted on the front of the nose then quickly disappear. It is then rich with french toast, brown sugar, melted butter and vanilla. The nose is surprisingly bourbon-like.

Palate: Banana cream pie with freshly whipped cream and vanilla make way for a spicy mid palate of cinnamon, black pepper and clove. This is followed by a fairly mellow but lengthy finish of earl grey, star anise and ginger that numbs the cheek and tongue. The proof is there but manageable.

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Faith Raspante

Faith Raspante is a freelance writer and bartender based in Portland, Oregon. A love of craft cocktails and creative mixology led Faith to discover the nuanced pleasure of tasting whiskey and other spirits. When she isn’t behind the bar or in front of a laptop she enjoys boating, home improvement projects and hosting parties for family and friends.

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