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Jack Daniel's 12-Year-Old Batch 2




Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2

Tasting Notes:

12-year-old Tennessee whiskey; mash bill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye; bottled at 107 proof and priced at $94.99.
The extra two years in the barrel compared to the 10-year-old show in the color, reflecting an even darker amber. Viscosity and legs are solid also.
The sweetness in the aromatics is forward but very mellow, giving to the nose notes of vanilla, oak, dried cherries, toffee, walnuts, and a little nod of butterscotch.
Nice and mellow, this is a pleasant palate pleasure, reflecting some sweet vanilla, dried spice, oak, almond butter, a sharp cherry bite, and a bit of mushroom.
This finishes a little sweeter and a lot dryer, almost pucker-worthy, ending in a moderate wind down.
Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2 showcases itself as a stage up from the 10-Year-Old Batch 3, reflecting a more tightly integrated tasting experience. It is still a touch-off for me on the finish, but that’s not as big of a deal for this expression.
Jack Daniel's 12-Year-Old review
We review Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2, the latest iteration of this particular Daniel’s age-stated Tennessee whiskey. (image via Jack Daniel’s)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

Jack Daniel’s story is extremely well known. Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is so popular that, as recognized by Interbrand, it is described as the most valuable spirits brand in the world.

The Daniel’s lineup is long and deep, climbing the ladder from Old No. 7 in the well at pretty much any bar to more unique and rare offerings. One of the more recent of the latter kicked off in 2021 with the debut of the Jack Daniel’s Aged Series, an annual release of age-stated expressions. To date, 10-Year-Old and 12-Year-Old are the bearers of this standard, the latter of which Batch 2 is being reviewed here.

“Our Jack Daniel’s Aged Series has given us the opportunity to produce modern whiskeys that simultaneously capture the essence of the liquid Mr. Jack created over 150 years ago,” said Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, at the time of this whiskey’s recent release. “These releases embody the artistry, passion and craftsmanship that define Jack Daniel’s legacy, and I’m excited for our friends to enjoy this year’s batches of special whiskeys.”

What’s in the bottle

Both expressions, which will have slight variations by batch, were charcoal mellowed and aged in new, toasted, and charred American white oak barrels first on the upper floors of a Daniel barrelhouse before being relocated to the lower risks to extend the maturation process. Both share the same grain bill as the classic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey: 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye.

Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Batch 2, bottled at 107 proof, is priced at $94.99 and comes in a 700 ml bottle.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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