For the first time in 100 years, Jack Daniel’s is releasing a new grain bill in the form of a Single Barrel Rye. If you’ve been keeping up with the Lynchburg distilleries releases over the years this not only completes their single barrel trilogy of Select & Barrel Proof expressions; but also completes their foray into rye whiskies with their Unaged Rye in 2012 as well as 2014’s Rested Rye. If you were able to snag the previous two releases, this final release will allow you to taste the maturation of their rye mash bill over time, which would make for an interesting tasting flight for friends or at a bar.
“Rye was one of the earliest forms of American whiskey and as the Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s, I’m proud to honor that history with the release of Single Barrel Rye. There is a reemerging trend of rye whiskeys and we are excited to be able to give friends ofJack Daniel’s a chance to experience it,” said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller. “You never want to over-barrel a rye whiskey so it was important for us to stay true to the style with grain forward character rather than barrel character while still allowing our barrels to interplay with the whiskey. I’m confident that everyone will be as impressed as I am with the taste and character of this bold new rye offering.”
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye uses a unique mash of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn, & 12 percent malted barley which gives the whiskey a clean, sweet tone at the tip of the tongue with a more distinct and slightly shorter finish than it’s Single Barrel brothers. According to the distillery, the Rye starts off light and sweet, the mid palate opens up to a dried fruit & trail mix flavor, and the finish is more about the grain rather than barrel character.
Like all Jack Daniel’s whiskies, prior entering the charred White American Oak barrel made at their own cooperage, the Rye starts off with their own cave spring water and proprietary yeast process, that’s been used for the past 150 years in their Tennessee Whiskey recipe. After barreling it is brought to the upper regions of the barrelhouse, where the whiskey is exposed to the extreme temperature variations that the seasons bring in Lynchburg, TN.
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye hits shelves February 2016 and will come in at approximately $49.99 per 94 Proof [47% ABV] 750 ML bottle. If you get your hands on it, feel free to leave a review in the comments. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a bottle of this and completing me Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel trilogy.
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