High proof whiskey is a thing for a certain subset of the greater whiskey drinking crowd. For Jack Daniel’s, it was a group they tapped last year in their 2021 Single Barrel Special Release Coy Hill High Proof offering, and now they’re giving to them something even more intense to try.
The new Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof, according to those behind it, is a Tennessee whiskey bottled at proof points ranging from 143.6 – 155.1. Said to have been “matured in the highest reaches of barrelhouses on Coy Hill, the highest elevation at the Jack Daniel Distillery,” this release is drawn from 55 barrels that were considered for the 2021 single barrel expression. They were instead put aside when it was found “the Angel’s Share – the whiskey lost due to evaporation – was so high the liquid inside could not be bottled as Single Barrel selections.”
The barrels were instead batched together by profile to create the Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy High Proof, featuring five unique batches at 143.6, 147.3, 149.8, 153.2, and 155.1 proof – the highest proof whiskeys ever released from Jack Daniel’s.
“When we found these barrels in our Coy Hill barrelhouses, we immediately knew we had something special. But due to the very low yield and incredibly high proofs, we had to be creative in how we bottled these last drops,” said Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, in a prepared statement. “We batched the barrels to craft unique profiles at five proof points highlighting the characteristics of this special liquid and developed a new higher compression cork specifically designed for this expression.
“It’s an exciting time at Jack Daniel’s as we continue to push innovation and experimentation in our whiskey-making while showcasing everything the Jack Daniel Distillery has to offer.”
Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof has a mash bill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye. The 375ml bottles it is being made available in will drop in very limited quantities in Tennessee and at the White Rabbit Bottle Shop at the Jack Daniel Distillery beginning July 1 with a suggested retail price of $55.
It is suggested by Jack Daniel’s that, “due to the high barrel strength, the bottle should remain upright at all times unless pouring into a glass to enjoy.” Official tasting notes make mention of “an aroma of burnt sugar, cooked fruit and oak with notes of rich molasses and concentrated barrel spice with bold oak. It finishes long and full with layers of char, dried fruit and caramel.”
Nino Kilgore-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...