Well, it's time I entered some notes on this American icon. Let's see, I know I've got a bottle still hanging around from my last party... where is it... oh. I've got three. Um... anyhow... the nose is light, sweet, with hints of coal and dust. The palate is relatively indistinct. Lighter-bodied, and very mildly sweet (yet there's nothing "dry" about this). There's some nutty hints, with caramel and vanilla traces. But on the whole, there's just not a lot here -- I guess that's the whole idea behind the Lincoln County process (which is what makes Tennessee Whiskey what it is). The finish is medium length, with excessive heat for 40%. So overall -- I mean, it's JD, it's an American institution. And I think I'll leave the nicer things to say to the Jack Daniel's aficionados. In my opinion, this has earned a rightful place as the King of Mixing Whiskey.
N: Sharp and woody with some rye. P: Round and sweet, a bit oily, and really mellow (guess that Tennessee process really works). F: Sugar and a hint of charcoal. Although I won't be buying more bottles of Jack anytime soon, I really can see why it's so popular. A great deal for the price.
N: Some corn sweetness and moderate wood influence. Very faintly piney. Faint top notes of toffee and caramel; somewhat spirity for the ABV.
P: Light but slightly syrupy. Some mild wood; caramel, vanilla, a trace of corn.
F: Quite fast but gently waming. Vanilla hangs out with a bit of caramel, a touch of fruit (apples?) late in the finish.
It always surprises me how light Jack is. There's some nice stuff happening on the top end but there's not a lot to anchor it. If there was just a little more this would slide up just a bit, but it's shy of being into B-range for me. Not bad, totally drinkable, a fine mixer and versatile.