Jack fans rejoice, for the the planets have aligned – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey is finally upon us. Over the last couple of years, the brand has released unaged, rested, and single barrel rye whiskies using their first new mash bill since Prohibition. The single barrel expressions can vary in flavor, while the unaged and rested ryes were previews of what was to come. This new batched rye whiskey is the mass market release that Brown-Forman was aiming for.
Bottled at a hearty 90 proof, Jack Daniel’s Rye comes from a mash bill of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley. Like it’s world famous black label sibling, Jack Daniel’s Rye is charcoal filtered before maturation.
On the nose, rye grain cuts through caramel-topped banana ice cream. A whiff of fresh ginger arrives with a little airtime. Taste-wise, rich maple syrup hits the palate initially, followed by a dual blast of rye grain and a myriad of baking spices. Waves of creamy vanilla calm the spices down. The medium finish plays on the sweet and spicy theme that defines this rye whiskey.
Kudos to the folks at Jack Daniel’s for putting together a great tasting and affordable rye whiskey. The suggested retail price for a bottle is $26.99, just a few dollars more than the famous black label. Fans of Jack who didn’t want to pay the $50 premium for the single barrel rye should reach for this release. It’s damn near half the price and delivers a solid experience. 7.5/10
Thanks to Brown Forman for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.