First Post, First Whiskey

Happy Whiskey Wednesday!

For my first post,  I thought I would start with my first Whiskey experience, Jack Daniel's.

Like many of you,  my first experience with Jack Daniel's was in Coca-Cola. The vanillin and eugenol flavors found in oak aged whiskey blends perfectly with the vanilla and cinnamon flavors in Coke. It was not until I was older, and started reducing my sugar intake, that I started to appreciate these flavors on their own and where they came from: the ingredients (mash bill), the process and the barrel(s):

Mash Bill

  • Corn: 80%
  • Rye: 12%
  • Barley: 8%
  • Other: 0%


Perhaps the most influential process for Jack Daniels is the Lincoln County Process. In LCP, the aged whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal.


The Jack Daniels barrel is shrouded in mystery. We do know it is toasted before charring. This brings out tones like marshmallow and coconut.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: Sweet
  • First: Thin
  • Middle: Mild Warmth
  • Finish: Smooth, Mild

Tasting Wheel

My adaptation of the official tasting wheel. Here you see how my palette finds Jack Daniel's. Your results may vary, but if you like grainy, woody, and smokey whiskey, Jack Daniel's might be for you. 



This page is for educational and entertainment purposes only.  Technical information is as accurate as I can find. Opinions are my own. Always drink responsibly.


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