It appears Jack Daniel’s is capitalizing on momentum after profitable releases of their Bonded and Triple Mash whiskeys in 2022, each of which carried bottled-in-bond designations. Whereas on a current journey to their Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery, firm reps instructed me each releases acquired better-than-expected responses from shoppers and critics alike.
Now, the Brown-Forman owned whiskey large is rolling out a brand new Bonded Rye, which is able to substitute the 90 proof model at the moment on cabinets. Like their different bonded expressions, Jack Daniel’s Bonded Rye will likely be distributed within the 700ml format.
This primary launch comes from the Spring 2016 distillation season, and Grasp Distiller Chris Fletcher stated in a non-public tasting that just about all barrels within the remaining mix made it to a full seven years of maturation. The mash invoice is Jack’s commonplace for rye: 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley. The whiskey is then charcoal mellowed, Tennessee-style, earlier than being barreled.
With a recommended retail value of $32, they’re clearly taking a swing on the market with an inexpensive, multi-purpose product focused at each bars and particular person shoppers. Fletcher went as far as to say the corporate prolonged the bottle’s neck so it will be simpler for bartenders to seize and pour.
Let’s see how Jack Daniel’s Bonded Rye stacks up.
The nostril begins off huge with speedy rye spice, however notably, it’s not overly vegetal like higher-rye mashbills usually produce. It’s warming with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and a touch of nutmeg. There’s fruit aplenty as properly, with a basic observe of dried banana (which is a standard observe for me on Jack Daniel’s merchandise).
These aromas are coupled with a faint underlying sweetness, like caramelized sugars from cooked and even charred fruit. The complete nosing expertise is a bit like bananas foster with a hefty drizzle of spiced cream.
On first sip, that sweetness hits proper out on the tip of the tongue, and a few bolder-than-expected fruit flavors then transfer by means of to the midpalate. There are each dried and stewed fruit components right here: apricots, peaches, and plantains. The spice kicks in later, however not extremely deeply. The intersection of fruity, candy, and barely spicy (even tangy) is paying homage to wolfing down a handful of Mike and Ike sweet. (Although to be honest, the Bonded Rye has a far superior mouthfeel!)
One thing that instantly struck me: This whiskey carries baking spices throughout the tongue with a complexity and depth that far outclasses Jack’s outgoing 90 proof rye.
On the end, spice — extra cinnamon and nutmeg — builds much more and begins to dominate. The liquid isn’t leaning into overly scorching territory, nevertheless it’s definitely exhibiting its 100 proof (if not ending simply barely above). There’s a little bit little bit of nuttiness, walnuts particularly, folded in amongst that spice and warmth. The end begins to lose these pretty fruit notes, a comparatively minor mark in opposition to an in any other case spectacular providing.
Jack Daniel’s Bonded Rye is a worthy addition that instantly enhances the distillery’s bonded lineup. This launch goes to please bartenders and prospects alike, each on the rocks and in combined drinks. And don’t let its aggressive pricing idiot anybody: That is greater than adequate to get pleasure from neat.
A- / $32 (700ml) / jackdaniels.com