We do things a little differently around here – and that’s what gives Jack Daniel’s its distinctive character. We Charcoal Mellow our whiskey drop by drop, then let it age in our own handcrafted barrels. And we don’t follow a calendar. Our Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is ready only when our tasters say it is. We use our senses, just like Jack Daniel himself did. In fact, more than a century later, our Tennessee Whiskey is still judged the same way. By the way it looks. By the way it smells. And of course, by the way it tastes. The United States Congress passed the Bottled in Bond Act which certified the quality of whiskey carrying that designation. It had to be aged at least four years and bottled at 100 proof at one distillery during a single season. The Bottled in Bond Act was passed in 1897. Mr. Jack began putting his Tennessee Whiskey in the now-familiar square bottle two years earlier in 1895. This new offering replicates those rules that were set more than 120 years ago.
The bouquet of Jack Daniel’s Bottled in Bond is a bit pushy thanks to the higher alcohol level, but offers a classic composition of caramel corn, some menthol, and a modest barrel char note. There are some hints of clove, but otherwise the experience is straightforward — and appealing. The palate immediately feels sweeter than Old No.7, though an ample corn character still pervades. There’s a gentle mingling of spices — nutmeg and cinnamon — which culminates in an apple cider note as the whiskey opens up. The finish is lengthy and rounded, with mulling spices giving the whiskey a warming, wintry character.