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Jack Daniel’s Gets Into Experimental Tennessee Whiskeys

The Jack Daniel Distillery in Tennessee is known far and wide for its signature whiskey that’s been filtered through sugar maple charcoal to give it its distinctive flavor. This American whiskey brand, owned by Brown-Forman, produces a range of expressions that have some some variation but generally stay to the tried and true formula. What we are seeing now though emerge from here are some more far ranging, experimental variants that are being called the Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series.

The Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection line up, according to those behind it, is a series of limited release, experimental whiskeys chosen by the distillery’s tasting team to deliver more unique flavor profiles. Each bottling, of which more details can be found below of the first three, will be sold exclusively at the distillery and also in select Tennessee liquor stores. It is expected each release will number around 24,000 bottles, to be followed with another limited offering every few months thereafter.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Tasters' Selection

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection (image via Jack Daniel’s)

As for the first several whiskeys, the line up includes:

  • High Angel’s Share Barrels – whiskey barreled in January 2013 which offered an unusually low yield, presenting a unique and deep concentration of flavors with a dark color at 107-proof. Selected by Assistant Master Distiller and Master Taster Chris Fletcher. Available early-October.
  • Smoked Hickory Finish – a fully matured whiskey finished with charred hickory staves for a smoky flavor at 100-proof, just in time for the 30th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ which is held in Lynchburg on Oct. 27. Selected by Master Taster Marsha Hale and available late-October.
  • Reunion Barrel – a 90-proof whiskey finished in wine barrels. These barrels were first used to age Jack Daniel’s, then used for a Tennessee-produced wine, and returned to the Jack Daniel Distillery to finish this specific release. Selected by Master Distiller and Master Taster Jeff Arnett. Available early 2019.

“This collection exemplifies our whiskey-making in a new way in that each whiskey will undergo its own process for unique flavors chosen by our esteemed Master Tasters,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett in a prepared statement. “We plan on releasing several of these new products each year as we continue to tap the expertise of the Master Tasters who make our Tennessee Whiskey every day.”

Plans call for each expression to be sold in 375 ml bottles for around $40. Each bottle is said to “reflect sample bottles used daily by Jack Daniel’s Master Tasters and will include a customized label, distillery name embossment on the front, and ‘Taster Sampler Bottle’ mark on the back of the glass structure.”

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.