Last week, we were ‘stompin at the Savoy’ at a very special event to celebrate the launch of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Whiskey.
Lately there has been a real resurgence with American whiskey with rye being part of this rise, so the idea that Jack Daniel’s were venturing into the Rye business was more than enough to get us out of hibernation and down to the launch event at the Beaufort bar at the Savoy Hotel.
Jack Daniel’s are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their Lynchburg distillery this year, and as part of their celebrations they have added a second offering to their Single Barrel collection.
Rye completes the distillery’s journey into rye whiskies, following limited release batches of Rested Rye in 2014 and Un-aged Rye in 2012, allowing fans to taste the maturing rye over time.
We arrived at the Beaufort bar to be treated with cocktails made using the new Rye whiskey along with delicious canapes.
Cam Dawson, Jack Daniel’s UK Ambassador gave us a great introduction on the history of Jack Daniel’s and all the work that had gone into making this beautiful Rye Whiskey available.
Only one out of every 100 barrels is set aside by the Jack Daniel’s Master Tasting Panel to mature in the highest reaches of its barrelhouses. These areas of the barrelhouse present dramatic temperature changes, creating a truly unique whiskey.
On the nose, I picked up essence of fruit as well as the sweet Jack Daniel’s notes I have always been accustomed to.
On the palate, a sweet oakey and Vanilla flavor were picked up as well as a hint of pear.
I would advise adding a bottle of this to the collection when it hits the shelves as it’s something special for a American Whiskey fan to own.
Launching in the UK just in time for Christmas, this new edition to the Jack Daniel’s family is the first new grain bill in 150 years (since Old No. 7), joining Single Barrel Select, to make up the finest selection of Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey around.