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Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #12 Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish




Whiskey Review: Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #12 Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Tasting Notes:

Mash bill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye; aged in new American oak and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks for three years; bottled at 90 proof; priced at $41.99 for a 375 ml bottle.
The additional three years in Sherry casks are immediately evident as this sports excellent orange-amber coloring with rich maroon highlights. The legs and viscosity of this are immediately apparent in the glass.
The influence of the fortified Spanish wine barrels is quickly apparent on the first sniff, delivering rich, nutty notes backdropped with honey, vanilla, baking spices, toffee, and brown sugar.
It is interesting what goes on here – the vanilla and oak of the American barrel aging fall quickly in step with the drier, nuttier influences of the sherry casks, suggesting well-balanced cask and finishing cask management. This is alongside caramel, dark chocolate, cherry, marzipan, a touch of black pepper, and toffee.
It goes down rich and inviting, teasing the back of the throat with some dry pepper before settling into a long fade into nothing.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #12 Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish is a solid winner in the sherry cask-finished whiskey category. It checks all the right marks but doesn’t quite stand up to similar whiskeys I’ve had. Still, it is an excellent play for such a venerable distillery.

Editor’s Note: The party behind this whiskey gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies, this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. It should also be noted that clicking the buy link in this review earns our site a small referral payment, which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

The historic Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., has hosted many new Tennessee whiskey releases from this venerable brand over the years. Some of the more obscure offerings, such as those from the Distillery Series, provide an exciting contrast to your typical Jack Daniel’s 101-style bottling.

The Distillery Series is described as a “line of experimental and innovative whiskeys” featuring Jack’s classic whiskey in different layers of complexity. The most recent one available, and the one I’m reviewing here today, is the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #12, Straight Tennessee Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks.

According to the distillery, this release is distilled from a mash bill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye. It goes through the classic Jack Daniel’s charcoal mellowing process before entering into new, charred American oak barrels for an undisclosed amount of time. Once fully matured, it is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks from Andalucia, Spain, for an additional three years.

“We first used Oloroso Sherry Casks with our American Single Malt, and it was only natural to continue experimenting with them to craft innovations that only Jack Daniel’s could,” said Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, at the time of this whiskey’s release in December. “What resulted was something completely unique that further elevates the complexity of Old No. 7 but maintains a balanced profile.”

Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series #12, bottled at 90 proof, was released in 375 ml bottles in Tennessee for $41.99. It was selected by Whiskey Taster Randall Fanning, who recently retired after nearly 50 years with the brand.

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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