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I first really became a fan of Jack Daniels when they came to do a careers presentation at my uni. Before then I had consumed a JD mixer every now and then but really never thought anything about it. Then there was the series of adverts showing the history of JD and the workers at the tube stops and I think that was an excellent advertising strategy which really gives a sense of tradition to this Whiskey.
I generally only have this with Coke so I can only explain what this tastes like although I am sure many people have tried many more adventurous combinations. What I like about this over other drinks is that it is very smooth. Rather than most alcohols where for me I use the Coke to cover up the taste, in this case the JD actually changes the taste. Not necessarily in a better way but in a different way. It is always good to have a change so I get that from having a JD and Coke.
The bottle is pretty standard with a thin bottle neck and rectangular container for the liquid. The alcohol itself is a yellow orange type colour. The only way I can explain the colour is quite vulgar but basically what comes out if you haven't drank water in a very long time. Sorry for the description.
I will use the Tesco site as an idea to give you prices for this. For a 350ml it is £13.50, for 500ml it is only 50p extra so £14, for 700ml it is £26 and then for 1l it is £30. It is a strange pricing strategy and in terms of value for money the 500ml and 1l are clearly the best options. Personally I usually get JD at bars and pubs so don't have the experience of buying a bottle and a JD and coke can vary in price anywhere from £2-8 depending on the time and location.
Overall this is my favourite Whiskey although to be fair it is probably the only whiskey that I consume. I think I will be sticking to this for many years to come and it is clear why it is one of the most popular drinks on the market.
Jack Daniels is one of the most recognisable spirits on sale today, and perhaps the most famous whiskey. That's because of over 100 years of brand identity, the creation and spreading of an old American name that oozes history and authenticity. The delights of the drink were first spread locally, and then made known through a powerful advertising campaign which today sees no country as too far or too large to conquer. Despite this, operations (the distilling and distributing of Jack Daniels) still run from the original home of production, Lynchburg, Tennessee. Everything about the brand seems to point back to that one spot in America, attempting to (in some ways) delude people from the drinks true success and popularity.
The founder (that went by a familiar name) was born in 1846 and came to found the distillery 20 years later in 1866. As with all brands like this one, the recipe remains a complete secret, and is said to be the same as it was during those early years. However, JD's past was not a smooth one, because, at the outset of prohibition in 1910 and then again in 1920, production was disrupted (and moved to another state) and then ceased altogether. It wasn't until 1938 that the distilleries gained momentum once more (many years after Jack's death in 1911). The trust in the brand was still there though, and so a quality Jack Daniel's product was re-distributed to the masses. In 1956 the company was sold to Brown-Forman Corporation who used the title, the logo, the premises, the people, and the passion of Jack Daniels to bring it properly onto the world stage. Now, the net income of the company is said to exceed $120 million.
An iconic image. Everything about the bottle points to/focuses your mind on the founding years, the old country hills, the old American way of life. Saying that, I doubt the bottle resembles much of its earliest ancestor, but the authenticity is still maintained either way. It's a square design with intricate, lapping details towards the top, ending at a bulging neck and black cap. There's a plastic sealant and screw-top plastic lid beneath, keeping the spirit air-tight and therefore in top condition prior to opening. The label is black and white, and shows the traditional Jack Daniels 'Old No. 7' logo and iconic text, in that old country font. They cram a lot of information onto the bottle, one edition even lists a series of awards or 'gold medals' the drink has won over the last hundred or so years. The label says the whiskey is 40% ABV, a warning in its self - drink responsibly!
The taste of Jack Daniels is different to any other whiskey. It tastes a tad sourer than most, but that sourness is layered over a dark and woody backdrop, and slow, deep heat. The whiskey tastes oaky and smooth. Every inch of the spirit is filtered through maple charcoal (it is charcoal mellowed) before barrelling, and this brings forth that earthly taste and richness that makes the drink so unique. This is a sippin' whiskey, meaning it can be drunk straight/neat, or 'on the rocks', relatively easily. A lot of the bitterness from the alcoholic content is subdued by a thick richness of ingredients which (despite it being 40% ABV) levels the taste out and makes it suitable for sippin'. I absolutely adore the taste, and find drinking the whiskey on the rocks a lovely experience. It feels very natural and authentic to drink, and the quality of the bottle only increases this.
There are several different types of Jack Daniel's whiskey, but I've only tried 'Old No. 7', which is the original recipe whiskey. There is also 'Single Barrel', which is matured in the upper reaches of the barrelhouse, where temperatures fluctuate more, causing its taste and colour to deepen. Then there's 'Tennessee Honey' which combines the original recipe with a secret honey liqueur formula for increased sweetness, and 'Gentleman Jack' which is charcoal mellowed before the barrel and after, giving it an unrivalled smoothness (unlike any other whiskey in the world).
Jack & Coke (1 part JD, 3 part Coke), Jack & Ginger (1 part JD, 3 part Ginger), Jack Daniel's Manhattan (1 part JD, 0.5 part sweet vermouth, dash of bitters), and Jack Julep (2 part JD, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, mint sprig, crushed ice). All taste excellent, but my favourite has to be the sweet and succulent Julep, which brings through the richness of the spirit, and complements its deep flavours with a cool, crisp and refreshing minty sweetness - A summery cocktail.
The website mimics the old-school style of the brand. As usual, you have to enter your D.O.B before entry, but once inside the site has a range of pages describing the drink and its history. There are a series of promotional videos on there as well, and a list of ideal drink mixes.
In all, I am very impressed by Jack Daniel's deep history, authentic advertising and bottle, smooth and unique taste, and good range of variations for those of us who require a little bit more smoothness or sweetness or heaviness. They seem to have catered to the needs of all whiskey drinkers well. Combined with the website, and suggestion of interesting mixers/cocktails, there really is nothing to fault here. A top notch brand and whiskey anyone can enjoy.
PRICE: £34.00 per litre bottle.
AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (and in store).
About The Product
Jack Daniel's No.7 is a brand of sour mash Tennessee whiskey, known by millions for its black label and square bottle it is the worlds favourite American whiskey. It is produced by the Jack Daniel distillery based in Lynchburg, Tennessee and is the United State's oldest registered distillery.
My Opinions & Experiences
I'm not a whiskey expert but I do like the occasional glass, I have been a casual whiskey drinker for around ten years since I first had a Jack Daniel's and coke in a nightclub, from then on I was a big fan.
Christmas since then has always involved a bottle of Tennessee's finest and now as word of my love of the drink has spread around family I have received a bottle as a gift from some family members. This year I got four bottles, in addition to the one I had purchased earlier in December I think I have enough to see me through to next years festivities.
I'm not a big drinker and will have a glass or two maybe a couple of nights a week after work to unwind, maybe some on the weekend too if it takes my fancy.
I know the distillery filter the whiskey through sugar maple charcoal in large wooden vats prior to aging which is a process most bourbon's do not use, I find this adds to the smooth taste and helps it go down extremely easy even when neat.
I have grown to appreciate the taste neat without coke or ice but occasionally I will add one or both, when neat I enjoy smelling it before a sip, for some reason I find this adds to the overall experience. As said it goes down smoothly and I don't find it burning like some other whiskeys. It is worth checking out the Jack Daniel's website for recipes on a few different combinations, some are quite delicious.
It isn't the cheapest whiskey on the market but for me on the odd occasion I have to buy it it's around £18 at Tesco for 70cl which isn't awful.
It's a smooth whiskey which is perfect for first time whiskey drinkers or whiskey lovers, I enjoy the taste and would recommend it.
I used to think I wasn't really a drinker but the more reviews I'm doing the more I realise how often that bottle comes out. Anyway maybe something to remember when deciding my New Year resolutions, certainly not now right before Christmas.
Last night I was feeling in a bit of a Christmassy fed up kind of way. You know the feeling when you've had the heating on all day and it still doesn't seem that much warmer. The kids are playing up and the littleun decides it's time to go down with a temperature......................oh and the wife is out on her Christmas party with work. So it was time for the Jack Daniels. Only a couple of little glasses with me being on 'duty' so to speak.
Jack Daniels is made in Tennessee as it says on the rather uniquely square bottle. Originally made in earthware bottles and then round glass ones JD wanted something different. So since 1895 all his whisky has been bottled this way with a label stating it is Old No7 and a list of awards they have won. Every last drop is matured in the Lynchburg. Lynchburg is a 'city in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Tennessee' where the founder of the brewery Jack Daniel's was born around 1849 and died around 1911.
The whisky is mellowed for smoothness and is dripped slowly - drop-by-drop - 'through ten feet of firmly packed charcoal (made from hard sugar maple) before going into new charred oak barrels for aging. This special process gives Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey its rare smoothness'. During the process the charcoal absorbs the bitterness of the grains. To maximize this mellowing drip, the size of the coals needs to be consistent. The charred insides of the barrel to caramelize the woods natural sugars and it is the toasted oak that gives the whiskey its rich amber colour.
Upon opening the whisky you immediately get that strong smell. Not sickly in anyway but rich and a delightful smell. As you pour into a glass it is this smell that often makes you want to pour a larger measure and as the liquid hits the glass it gives you that feeling of having done something special.
I don't like adding anything to mine but you can add ice or coke, or anything else that takes your pleasure. I just like mine neat and swill it around my taste buds for a good number of seconds before swallowing it. It doesn't burn me at all and is smooth rather than rough.Nothing can beat the taste as you sit there of a winters evening in front of the glowing fire.
It isn't the cheapest whisky on the block though. A litre can set you back a good £30 plus although you can buy in smaller bottles - which also are square. However what you are buying is shear quality and 40% vol in alcohol. It will also cost that little bit more than your local scotch if buying in a bar or restaurant andi It can certainly get you drunk very quickly so it is worth bearing in mind.
This comes very highly recommended and gets a full 5 dooyoo stars *****
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So I went out with a few friends from work yesterday evening, and being halloween and all we decided to let our hair down a little bit and after some Rose, a few cocktails, one of the girls bought everyone a single JD (Jack Daniels in case you weren't sure!) and coke. I hadn't actually tried JD & Coke before although it is a drink I am familiar with as my sister always drinks it, so I decided to give it a try.
Jack Daniel's is a whisky which goes waaay back to 1866 as it will always say on a Jack Daniel's bottle label. Whisky as a spirit made from fermented grain mash - not really my cup of tea if I am honest! When mixed with my coke however, I do find it still has a strong malted smell to it, which did overpower the coke and put me off a bit but not wanting to look rude at being offered a free drink I pursued to sip this throughout the evening. With the mixer, it did taste quite sweet and soothing and reminded me of the flavour of food I have with "Jack Daniel's sauce" at TGI Fridays. Taste wise it also leaves a warm fuzzy feeling as it goes down my throat so I can feel the heat rising from the power of the Jack Daniel's...I can't even imagine what it would taste like if I drank it straight!
It has a strong Southern American heritage and although I know most people like it neat I am far too much of a lightweight to ever try it in this capacity! It has 40% ABV so a single dose of this with coke last night was definitely enough to ensure I was stumbling on the bus home and collapsing in a heap on my bed by the time I got in! It comes in at a decent price as a 70cl bottle can cost in the region of £20 which of course won't break the bank.
Overall I do quite like Jack Daniel's but I am not so sure it is the drink for me! I think that as a malt whiskey it is much more suited to a more mature generation and is not really a young girl's drink. It's nice to sip and take in, but it's not a favourite spirit I would consume. Especially with 40% ABV I 100% know that one single shot of this with a mixer is my limit or else I'd be on the floor constantly lol.
Apparently Jack Daniel's is the best selling Whiskey in the world, which is an interesting concept as the whiskey is actually a bourbon that the company sell as whiskey (are you keeping up?!). You can buy a variety of flavours of Jack Daniel's and various different Jack Daniel's products including a range of cooking sauces flavoured with the distinct taste of JD (how it is more commonly known to it's friends). There are also a range of non-consumable branded products available such as tea towels, t-shirts etc. The good old fashioned bourbon (as we will henceforth refer to it) can be bought in miniatures, 70cl bottles and litre bottles for domestic consumption. The litre bottle costs around £30 when it is not on offer in the UK supermarkets and off-licences but you can get a litre bottle for distinctly cheaper when you go abroad (around half the price) or in the airport duty free shops. Christmas is also a good time to keep an eye out for deals on JD in the supermarkets as they have promotions on due to the popularity of the spirit. The distillery is based in Tennessee in the USA and all adverts for the product on the TV have a slow Southern American drawl and a bit of a wild-west feel to them.
As I stated in my review of Canadian Club whiskey, I like to drink whiskey usually on it's own. I find ice waters down the flavours too much. Occasionally I will drink it with a dash of coke but not in a long glass like many people do, just literally a dash of coke is all it needs to take the edge off it. The flavours that come through are cherries and vanilla for me. The whiskey itself is quite sweet and doesn't have that earthy, peaty taste you get in single malts and standard scottish-type whiskey (which is why I feel it is more of a bourbon than a whiskey!). For a whiskey it tastes quite sugary to me which is probably why I like it a lot more than many of the stronger whiskeys that taste like firewater. On the whole, the bourbon is very palatable and like the Canadian Club I recently reviewed, I'd suggest that if you fancy trying whiskey for the first time then start off with one of these milder more gentle type of whiskeys or bourbons.
I think that Jack Daniel's can be quite expensive as a spirit when it is not on offer in the supermarkets so I would recommend keeping an eye out for a good deal. However, I love the flavours that are in the bourbon and I like that it is a sweet bourbon which makes it easier to drink, particularly if you aren't having it as a long drink and just have it as a short like I do. This is a good starter whiskey/bourbon if you are just about to dip your toe into the whiskey drinking world.
Jack Daniels has been my tipple of choice since I was old enough to drink. It is widely available in bars and pubs across the country, and I usually drink it mixed with Coke. It is also an ingredient in some cocktails. I drink it because I like the taste, it's convenient due to its wide availability but also because it has successfully created a brand and an image around the product. Much as I hate to admit to being pulled in by the advertising, the image that the marketing company around Jack Daniel's have created of small town Tennessee makes it a unique and distinctive drink. This is despite the fact that I currently live in Scotland, where 'proper' whiskies (that is, single malts such as Glenfiddich and Bowmore) are widely available.
It's difficult to describe the taste of JD - I personally really like it although I have a lot of friends who don't. It has quite a strong and distinctive taste, although if you are used to drinking 'proper' whiskies you may well disagree.
I tend to only drink Jack Daniel's when I'm out, as it tends to be of a similar price to other spirits and mixers but tastes far better and doesn't affect me as badly as, for example, vodka), whereas in supermarkets it is usually quite expensive, although it can sometimes be found on special offers. Cheap imitations exist but these are not to be recommended as they are often rather foul. What is surprisingly good are the premixed cans of Jack Daniel's and Coke available in supermarkets. These are great if you want to try out what it tastes like but don't want to spend a large amount of money on a bottle.
~ Jack Daniels Old No. 7 ~
I haven't been a whiskey drinker for very long and it was only because me and my cousin fancied a change to the usual vodka/Malibu & coke whilst out that I really tried it. We started off with a much more mellow and smooth tasting Southern Comfort & Coke and then later moved onto Jack Daniels and Coke, my previous memories of Jack Daniels are of my father one Christmas time when I was about 9 drinking a bottle whilst with family and passing out on the neighbours front porch! So due to this whiskey had never been a drink I chose, however for the reasons above we did buy whiskey and I have to say that I quite enjoyed it, and it made a welcome change.
Jack Daniels Old No. 7 comes in a classically shaped square bottle with a black and white label, the glass is clear allowing you to see the amber coloured liquid inside, it has a small black screw top lid, which is originally wrapped over with a black coloured plastic wrap.
The square bottle makes a nice change to the usual bottle shaped bottles, the neck is more rounded and is slightly oval in shape, it's quite a cool shaped bottle!
My hubby actually bought me a bottle for Christmas and I still have most of it left! It seems a shame to drink the whiskey as it will spoil the look!
Jack Daniels is a sour mash whiskey and the taste is very different to that of Southern Comfort, where Southern Comfort is a smooth whiskey with a mellow taste, Jack Daniels is a warmer taste and is sharper than the other.
Jack Daniels is a strong whiskey, 40%, and it should be drank sparingly in my opinion.
I refuse to drink it straight but with ice and coke it is a nice drink, I do only have one or two as I find the taste can get a bit sickly but that is just my opinion.
I have just checked out the recipes available on www.jackdaniels.com and have found some interesting mixes ~
Jack and Coke - 1 part Jack to 3 parts coke. Serve with ice and a slice of lemon/lime.
Jack Daniels Manhattan - 1-1½ parts Jack Daniel's Old No. 7, ½ part sweet vermouth, Dash of bitters. Combine in a shaker and serve in a cocktail glass with a cherry popped into the glass.
Lynchburg Lemonade - 1 part Jack Daniel's Old No. 7, 1 part triple sec, 1 part sour mix, 4 parts lemon-lime soda. Combine and stir, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.
Jack and Ginger - 1 part Jack Daniels Old No. 7, 3 parts Ginger Ale. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon/lime.
As I have said I do enjoy a glass or two so a bottle will last me a while, I use it sparingly and just pop a small dash in with a tumbler glass of cola. It is an acquired taste as it is quite distinctive and strong.
Jack Daniels No. 7 is a sour mash whiskey produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee and is one of the best-selling whiskeys in the world. Contrary to popular belief, this beverage is not a bourbon, rather it is marketed as a whiskey.
The alcohol content is 45% and it is relatively cheap as prices generally vary from £15 to £25 per 70 cl bottle. It has a great, distinguishable taste which elevates it above other whiskey brands, and is great for all kinds of occasions. jack Daniels can be enjoyed on its own - either straight or on the rocks - or with a mixer such as Coke or Dr. Pepper. It is also a good addition to certain cocktails. It can be enjoyed on nights out as shots or drunk slowly, and is a great after dinner drink. Due to its affordable price and great taste, Jack Daniels is definitely my drink of choice.
Jack Daniels is a giant in the alcohol world and is most probably the most well known whiskey out there. I often buy bottles of Jack for parties or a drink or two but realise that the prices can be high. I find that the bigger the bottle you buy, the more value for money it is but I normally take advantage of offers that Tesco run ( a 1ltr for £20)
First things first is the packaging it comes in, although it may not be important, I find that it certainly adds to the experience of drink Jack. The bottle is a unique squarish in shape and the black and white label (giving it the nickname "Black Label") is eye catching and
The taste of Jack Daniels on its own is sharp and has a smokey hint. It is certainly a drink to sip although I also take as shots and mixed when I am on a night out. If you are enjoying the drink on a quite night in however, to enjoy the full flavors of the drink, you should drink slowly with an ice cube or two however never more than three as this will dilute and take the flavours away from the drink. I have heard that it is better to mix cold water instead but I have not tried this.
A popular mix is JD and coke which is my drink of choice when going to clubs or on a night out. When done right this mix is very nice and generally goes down well. I found that the pre mixed cans of Jack Daniels and coke have a great ratio of whiskey to coke which is surprising as I would have expected them to hold back on the alcohol but it is much better value for money to buy the JD and coke separately.
Even though I have been praising this drink, I can fully understand that it is not to everyones taste but I do urge you to try it at least once. If you are keen on drinking spirits then definitely order this at a bar and as I said before, look at for promotional offers on the large bottles.
As a brand, Jack Daniel's No 7 Whiskey is by far the best known and possibly best selling of all the American Whiskeys on the world wide market. The whiskey itself is golden-amber in colour and is made up of 80% corn, 8% malt and 12% rey, which has been matured in American oak casks, this gives it a slight hint of vanilla. Jack Daniels is a tenessee whiskey, this basically means that it has been through a charcoal filtration process.
When opening the bottle the smell of vanilla and very sweet corn is present. When pouring the whiskey it appears to have an almost syrupy consistency. As far as the taste is concerned, at first it tastes very sugary, however almost instantly you get an after taste of charred wood which can definately be said to put things into balance. I feel it is because of this that Jack Daniels no. 7 has proved to be a popular product for the masses around the world, although sadly this the taste of this drink can be somewhat lost as it is usually mixed with coke.
I don't know what to make of Jack Daniel's. I go through stages of really liking it to not being able to stand the taste. I've memories of Christmases sat round an open fire drinking Jack Daniel's until stupid o'clock which is obviously when I was really into it, but like now for example I would find the taste not so good as if it's diminished.
Jack Daniel's is an American based whiskey which is very popular worldwide and widely available throughout the UK. At 40% in strength it's very strong like all of its other compatriots and is commonly available over here in 70cl and 1litre bottles. Jack Daniel's is fairly unique in the sense it's sold in a square based bottle similar to other whiskeys such as Jim Beam.
My personal account of Jack Daniel's is varied. I much prefer it mixed with coke hence the popular 'JD and coke' advertisements but I think it's the taste that gets me more than anything. I know the taste doesn't change neither does the recipe but I've known it to taste really good but then get really bad if that makes sense?! It's one of those drinks you'll either really like or hate. Straight it does burn your throat a little, but what whiskey doesn't? On the rocks it tastes alright but I'm not a huge fan.
I would recommend Jack Daniel's to others because although my opinion of it is varied I think certain people will absolutely love it. They may be put off by the price though, but it can be on offer and work out ridiculously cheap in comparison to some places. Currently Tesco are offering two 70cl bottles for £25 which is an absolute steal but 70cl bottles cost around £18 each when they're not on offer and are even more expensive in off-licences.
I have never really been a big alcohol drinker not liking the taste of wine or beers and lagers yet one weekend I went away with a group of friends who encouraged me to try and drink a Jack Daniels and Coke. At first I really didn't think I would like this combination at all considering that I couldn't even tolerate the flavour of well known lagers and after all Jack Daniels is a strong sour mash whiskey with an alcohol content of 40% but I was definitely pleasantly surprised although I do have to drink it with coke, if it is neat I do find the taste and sensation of the drink overpowering to the point of me no longer enjoying it.
The branding of the whiskey is very distinctive with its black labels and white traditional lettering making it really stand out and look tremendous in a cabinet or on the side in the kitchen. The name and the branding has surpassed that of just being a drink and you can now purchase all kinds of merchandise showing your love for JD in the same way you can for a product like Marmite for example.
The drink is a rich brown, red/ orange colour possibly due to the way the whiskey is mellowed through charcoal. The flavour and the smell are both strong and rich and the liquid really warms and soothes your throat but like I said previously I prefer drinking it with a mixer like Coca Cola and it is nice to be able to drink something alcoholic when the people I am with are.
I always get the feeling with Jack Daniels that I'm drinking a brand, not a drink. Jack Daniels is undoubtedly iconic-the t shirts, the branded glasses, the posters, the logo-they all conspire to create an ideal around the drink. This is understandable and yeah it's the sign of good marketing but it's something I've never felt is warranted because in the end Jack Daniels is just a bourbon, a decent bourbon but a bourbon nontheless and its got a lot of mileage out of its perception as a drink that's badass, one for the hard drinkers and the rockers. it's damn expensive though, 75cl is about £17 and a double jack and coke in a bar can set you back a fair bit. It's a taste that's easy to acquire though. It's smooth, one of the few spirits I can take straight but there are cheaper alternatives out there. Wetherspoons sells buffalo trace bourbon for next to nothing and for the degenerate alcoholics out there like myself it clocks in at 5% abv higher and gives you more bang for your buck. The logo is damn cool though.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Brand Old-Time Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is a whiskey and not a bourbon. Unlike bourbon, Jack Daniel's is charcoal-mellowed smooth, drop by drop through 10 feet of charcoal made from sugar maple.