In honor of its 150th anniversary, the Jack Daniel Distillery will release a limited-edition, Tennessee whiskey to commemorate the occasion, the company says.
The Distillery was founded in 1866 by Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel, whose name remains on every bottle still produced at the original distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Master Distiller Jeff Arnett created a “distinctive taste profile” for this commemorative whiskey. “Our coopers ‘slow-toasted’ the barrels to bring out the rich flavors and aromas of the wood, creating a contemporary expression of an 1866 barrel char,” explains Arnett. “We wanted to offer a unique whiskey that we think collectors and consumers alike will enjoy for their own celebrations.”
The grain bill for the anniversary whiskey is the same as the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, consisting of 80 percent corn, 12 percent barley and 8 percent rye. Each drop was then mellowed through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, before going into the new American oak barrels, adhering to the guidelines required of a Tennessee whiskey.
Once filled, the barrels were placed in the “angel’s roost” of one of the oldest barrelhouses at the Distillery where whiskey has matured for generations at an elevation and with the exposure to sunlight that creates the “perfect climate for the greatest interaction between the whiskey and barrel,” the company says.
Barreled and bottled at 100 proof, the 150th anniversary edition offers tasting notes of butterscotch and toffee upon first taste, the company says, followed by a smooth and lingering finish with warm flavors of toasted oak.
The 150th anniversary whiskey will be available beginning September 1 with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for a 1-L. bottle.