Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof – Tom’s Wine & Spirits Private Barrel

I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t know jack. That is, until I tried a sample of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof a few months ago.

First, some perspective. I’ve never been a big Jack Daniel’s fan. With that said, you will never get me to say that standard black label Old No. 7 is a bad whiskey. It’s not. It’s just not the right whiskey for me. Jack Daniels Old No. 7 is known for its mellowness in terms of proof and flavor. It is those characteristics that make it popular, either straight or in the way it mingles with Coca-Cola.

I prefer a bigger, bolder American whiskey. For that reason, I’ve been typically drawn to (a) higher proof bourbons and (b) bourbons that have either spent more than 4-6 years in a barrel, or at least spent its time in barrels in the hotspots of a rick house.

Three months ago, I would have told you Jack Daniel’s couldn’t fit that bill.

I was wrong.

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Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

This past month, Beam-Suntory dropped yet another new Knob Creek Rye to the market.  This time – unlike the “premium” Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye at 119.6 Proof and carrying a 9 year age statement, and the Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks at 115 proof and available age statements, both hitting the market this past year – Beam released the Twice Barreled Rye with no age statement and at the traditional Knob Creek 100 proof.

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Heaven Hill 27 Year Review

Heaven Hill 27 Year 

Heaven Hill 27

There are those marks in time that seemingly every true bourbon nerd knows.   Like the year of the Bottled-in-Bond Act.  Or the year Stitzel-Weller closed.  Or the year Sazerac 18 exhausted its “vatted” rye stock.   The year of the Heaven Hill fire is one of those.

In 1996, Heaven Hill experienced a devastating fire, destroying many warehouses, the still house, and over 90,000 barrels of aging whiskey.  Certainly the loss of aging stock was tragic, but the loss of the still house changed Heaven Hill forever.

After the fire, with no place to distill, the bourbon industry stepped up to Heaven Hill’s rescue.  Distillers like Brown-Foreman and Jim Beam started contract distilling for Heaven Hill (to Heaven Hill’s specifications).  Then in 1999, instead of rebuilding the distillery, Heaven Hill purchased and began operating the Bernheim distillery, which it operates today.  

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