You might call Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 the ‘King of American Whiskey.’ It’s the best selling American Whiskey in the world. It’s a staple of just about every bar in the country. You can’t not know that Jack Daniel’s is everywhere. The distillery has been around since the mid-1800s, and is stronger (and bigger) than ever. The distillery puts out several products, but Old No. 7 black label is their bread-and-butter.
Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 was the first whiskey I tasted. I don’t remember when or where, but it was on the rocks. Always on the rocks. In fact, it wasn’t until I really got serious about my whiskey that I drank Jack neat… but I still prefer it on the rocks. Maybe it’s nostalgia. So, how is this behemoth in the glass?
On the nose, Jack Daniel’s has a signature smell. You could blindfold me and I could spot the Jack Daniel’s in one glass out of a hundred. I get sweet vanilla, bananas foster (Seriously? Yeah, a little bit), some caramel, and a little oak. Taste-wise, there’s caramel, sweet corn, oak and vanilla. The finish is sweet and short, with a little spiciness. It’s a little rough around the edges, especially for an 80 proof whiskey. Not exactly the smooth sippin’ whiskey they market themselves as.
A bottle of Jack will run you about $20. A lot of people like what they taste. Jack Daniel’s is a great “everyday” whiskey. It’s not the most flavorful or in-your-face, but it’s not the worst either. There’s a reason this is the biggest American whiskey around. It’s a reliable go-to. There’s some comfort in that.