While trying to decide what whiskeys to get for American Whiskey Month here on The Whiskey Jug I knew I was going to have to do a Tennessee whiskey and I was pretty sure it was going to have to be Jack Daniel’s. Then I stumbled across this fun little treasure from the Agriculture and Commerce State (Tennessee) and suddenly American Whiskey month was shaping up to a little more than your standard go-to American Whiskeys.
The background on this Whiskey was always shrouded in mystery as they were getting their whiskey from an undisclosed source and Jailer’s was just bottling it. That’s nothing new, look at the plethora of LDI/MGP whiskey out there, but that mystery is a moot point now as the company has outrun their initial funding and have had to close shop. So if you’re picking up a bottle enjoy it because it’s going to get very hard to find it very soon.
Jailers Tennessee Whiskey Review
Bottler: The Tennessee Spirits Company (they “found” the barrels so…)
The whiskey spice hits hard right off the bat, but it sows down after a few seconds and some great notes of toffee, marzipan, and oranges start to come through. There are also some undertones of burnt maple and an almost raw quality to the overall scent.
It’s surprisingly sweet upfront but the charcoal does make itself known. There’s not a huge amount of caramel to speak of, but there are some soft grainy flavors that are enhanced by a touch of citrus and something I can only describe as smoked ham. When chilled there is a very unique melon-like sweetness that peaks it’s head out to say hello. Despite the plethora of very dessert like flavors it doesn’t come across as sweet and is something that could easily be enjoyed all day.
The aftertaste initially reminded me of skittles, but then the medium long finish fades down to a nice warm cinnamon and grains aftertaste that has more in common with a rye than a bourbon as I didn’t pick up any of the corn notes that traditionally come with bourbons (which this technically is).
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Well balanced with a medium body. There is a slight burn up front and a little rough going down, but it’s oily texture helps keep things in line. Overall it has a great mouthfeel and you won’t have to chug or shoot it to get it down.
I enjoyed it quite a bit. Far more than I do Jack, Gentleman Jack, or Jack Single barrel. To me it had a bit more complexity and diversity in it’s flavor than what I’ve typically found in good old #7. It doesn’t have that motor oil like quality that is often associated with Jack Daniels, but there is still a certain oiliness to it that is an oddly nice sensation when coupled with the flavor