Review – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Such was his love for Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Frank Sinatra was buried with a bottle by his side. That’s a pretty big celebrity endorsement if ever there was one, and therefore perhaps surprising that JD have taken so long to make a the most of the opportunity and lay his name to a line extension. Sinatra Select is a blend of regular Old No. 7 with whiskey aged in ‘Sinatra’ barrels. These barrels have grooves running the height of the inside surface of the barrel to allow a greater interaction of the whiskey with the wood. Blended and bottled at 45% abv, again the idea being to offer a richer flavour, and of course to reflect the original bottling strength of the Old No. 7 whiskey. Originally released onto to travel retail, Sinatra Select is now available in the UK through The Whisky Exchange and is exclusively listed in the Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel, where Sinatra famously entertained guests on a white grand piano in the restaurant.
Nose: Smoky, for an American whiskey at least. The impact of the wood is immediately apparent, but is balanced with orange, caramel, vanilla and corn. The contribution of Old No. 7 is clear, but this is a step up.
Neat: Much smoother and more oaky than the Old No. 7, but without being too tannic. Indeed it is much sweeter also, necessary to balance the more bitter woody notes. Orange caramel, vanilla, corn and identifiably Jack Daniels but pleasing more intense.
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select is a worthy addition to the line. Plenty of traditional JD flavours, but ramped up for a more intense, woody and yet rounded experience.
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select is available to buy from The Whisky Exchange.
★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get better than this. You need a bottle in your life.