In a bold move toward innovation, the renowned Jack Daniel Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, has recently introduced its latest experimental masterpiece: Distillery Series Selection #12. This exceptional addition to the distillery's portfolio is a Straight Tennessee Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks, promising a sensory journey that combines the classic notes of Jack Daniel's with a nuanced layer of complexity—a perfect libation for the discerning palate, especially during the festive season.
This exclusive release, part of the Distillery Series, is a testament to Jack Daniel's commitment to pushing the boundaries of whiskey craftsmanship. Limited in quantity and available solely in Tennessee, this expression showcases the meticulous artistry and expertise that have defined Jack Daniel's for generations.
Crafted from a grain bill consisting of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye, the foundation of this Tennessee whiskey remains true to Jack Daniel's iconic style. Following the charcoal mellowing process, the whiskey gracefully matures in new, charred American white oak barrels—a signature step in the brand's time-honored production.
What sets Selection #12 apart is its unique finishing touch. For an additional three years, this straight Tennessee Whiskey luxuriates in Oloroso Sherry casks, a choice inspired by previous successful experiments with the American Single Malt. Jack Daniel's Master Distiller, Chris Fletcher, shares, "We first used Oloroso Sherry Casks with our American Single Malt, and it was only natural to continue experimenting with them to craft innovations that only Jack Daniel's could."
The result is an aromatic symphony featuring sweet citrus notes on the nose, paving the way for a palate rich in baking spices, nutmeg, and caramel. The grand finale is a lingering finish with delightful nuances of red fruit—a testament to the Sherry cask maturation process.
Adding a sentimental touch to the Selection #12 release is the involvement of Whiskey Taster Randall Fanning, who recently retired after nearly 50 years with the brand. His discerning palate played a pivotal role in choosing the casks that would contribute to this exceptional expression.
Bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV), Jack Daniel's Distillery Series Selection #12 will be available in select stores in Tennessee and at the White Rabbit Bottle Shop at the Jack Daniel Distillery starting December 2. The 375ml bottles are priced at a suggested retail price of $41.99, offering enthusiasts a chance to savor this meticulously crafted whiskey.
As Jack Daniel's continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and quality, Selection #12 stands as a testament to the distillery's ability to blend tradition with experimentation, offering aficionados a truly unique and delightful sipping experience. Whether you're a seasoned whiskey connoisseur or a curious enthusiast, the allure of Distillery Series Selection #12 is undeniable—a harmonious fusion of Tennessee whiskey craftsmanship and the distinctive elegance of Oloroso Sherry cask finishing.
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About Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Jack Daniel's is one of the most iconic and globally recognized American whiskey brands, and its distillery is located in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The Jack Daniel's Distillery was established by Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel in 1866, making it one of the oldest registered distilleries in the United States. The brand's prominence is not only attributed to its whiskey but also to the lore and mystique surrounding its founder and the production process.
Jack Daniel's is known for producing Tennessee whiskey, a distinct category within American whiskey. The key differentiator is the use of the Lincoln County Process, which involves filtering the whiskey through sugar maple charcoal before aging. This charcoal mellowing process imparts smoothness and removes impurities, contributing to the unique flavor profile of Jack Daniel's.
The flagship product of the distillery is Jack Daniel's Old No. 7, a charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey that has become a symbol of American whiskey worldwide. The brand also offers a range of expressions, including Single Barrel Select, Gentleman Jack, and Tennessee Honey, showcasing the versatility and craftsmanship of Jack Daniel's.
The distillery itself is situated in a dry county, meaning it is located in an area where the sale of alcohol is restricted. However, visitors can tour the facility, see the production process, and learn about the history of Jack Daniel's. The highlight of the tour is the iconic Rickyard, where stacks of sugar maple wood are burned to produce the charcoal used in the Lincoln County Process.
Jack Daniel's has become a cultural icon, with its distinct square-shaped bottles and black-label design recognized around the world. The brand's commitment to quality, tradition, and the legacy of its founder has contributed to its enduring popularity and the global success of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.