New Jack Daniel Single Barrel Offering Embraces Really High Proof

| November 2, 2021

The historic Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey brand has a new single barrel offering being announced today that will appeal to lovers of high proof spirits. Known as the Coy Hill High Proof expression, it clocks in on the top end at a staggering 148.3 proof.

The new Jack Daniel’s 2021 Single Barrel Special Release, Coy Hill High Proof, according to those behind it, is a single barrel variant bottled at proof points ranging from 137.4 up to 148.3 and marks the highest proof whiskey ever released by them. It was aged on the top ricks of the oldest barrel houses on Coy Hill, the highest hill on the Jack Daniel Distillery property in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

It is said this whiskey is made from Jack Daniel’s classic 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye grain bill. The whiskey is “mellowed drop by drop” through 10-feet of sugar maple charcoal before entering barrels located within Coy Hill barrel houses #8 and #13. The whiskey is then matured until it is later bottled, uncut, from those single barrels.

Jack Daniel's 2021 Single Barrel Special Release, Coy Hill High Proof

Jack Daniel’s 2021 Single Barrel Special Release, Coy Hill High Proof (image via Jack Daniel’s)

“The Coy Hill High Proof is all about pushing the limit for single barrel maturation to create one of our boldest, most innovative whiskeys we have ever released,” says Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher in a prepared statement. “It highlights one of the unique attributes of the Jack Daniel Distillery – the dry air of the highest floors of the barrel houses – and the amazing impact it has on whiskey making.”

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The limited-edition Coy Hill High Proof bottle is bottled at barrel strength and will hit shelves starting this month, available in a 750ml size with a suggested retail price of $70.00. Limited official tasting notes suggest an aroma of seared oak and dark brown sugar with flavors of bold baking spices and a lingering finish of toffee, smoke and rich leather. 

As a side note, it is suggested by the brand that the “bottle should remain upright at all times unless being poured into a glass for drinking in a responsible manner.”

The Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel annual special release, for those that don’t know of it, is hand-selected from the highest parts of the barrel houses and bottled from single barrels just like the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, Rye & Barrel-Proof collection.

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