Whiskey Name: Gentleman Jack
Distillery: Jack Daniel’s
Whiskey Type: Tennessee Whiskey
Release Date: General
Mashbill: 80% corn, 8% rye, 12% malted barley.
Introduction/Background: It’s a dangerous game, reviewing Jack on a group called the British Bourbon Society, but we’ve always acknowledged ourselves as “not just about bourbon” and I’m pretty good at filtering hate mail anyway.
I can’t be bothered getting into the argument here (or anywhere else for that matter) so let’s suffice it to say that JD describe themselves as a “Tennessee whiskey”, and filter their new make spirit through Maplewood charcoal before committing it to barrel.
Occasionally, to irritate people online, and to prove to myself and others that I’m not a snob (I’m not, honestly) I’ll use the standard JD in a Jack’n’coke. Plenty of the Single Barrels, particularly the Rye, are solid pours neat, too. But the Gentleman had slipped me by. Essentially it’s just the same as Old No.7, but they filter it back through the charcoal again before committing it to bottle.
Appearance: Light copper.
Nose: Bananas, but confected bananas; those banana sweets you used to find in Woolworth’s pick’n’mix and then not pick or mix because they were horrid. Besides that, honeys (light) rather than deeper caramels, some straw and an elmost metallic element. Basic, sweet, mildly spirit stuff.
Mouth: Barely aware it’s in your mouth; just a sort of watery sweetness really. If I wasn’t holding it on my palate for ages before spitting, booze probably wouldn’t even register. More light brown sugar, the bananas again. Boring, boring, boring. Where’s the flavour?
Finish: Mercifully short.
Value for Money: Leave on the shelf.
Summary: I really wanted to like this, because it looks like I’ve just bashed Jack for the sake of bashing Jack. But this is very not great. I’d much rather have standard issue JD; they seem to have filtered out a load of the flavour after removing it from the barrel, and based on the variation in colour from Old No.7 to Gentleman, I should probably have anticipated that.
Overall Verdict: I don’t see the point of this whiskey...
Words by WhiskyPilgrim