Discover the differences between Four Roses Small Batch vs Gentleman Jack in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Four Roses Small Batch
|Nose||Vanilla, cherry, oak|
|Palate||Vanilla, oak, baking spice|
|Finish||Long, burnt caramel|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve|
The nose is mainly sweet with hints of vanilla, cherry and oak.
On the palate, the Four Roses displays a good creamy body, is rich in vanilla, caramel and rye spice with a faint oaky note.
The finish is long, with very little burn with a nice hint of burnt caramel.
The Four Roses (Similar Bourbons) nicely balances sweet and spicy flavors and is packed with enjoyable hints.
Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of spice making a great sipper. There is no need to add ice or a drop of water to tune it down as it goes down easy with no harshness.
If you have already tried the classic Four Roses you will find the Small Batch to be a vast improvement.
It is more tasty and smoother while still providing great value for the money and a satisfying daily drinker.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Four Roses:
- Made from a blend of four different Kentucky bourbons. Two of the bourbons are made from of a mash of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley, while the other two bourbons are comprised of a mash of 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley.
- Each of the bourbons is fermented with a unique, proprietary yeast culture providing a different flavor to the whiskeys in the blend.
- Each bourbon is aged for a minimum of 4 years at a one-story rickhouse.
- Only 4 casks are used in the construction of each release.
- Four Roses (Best Whiskey) is owned by the Kirin Brewery Company, which is part of the Mitsubishi Group.
|Nose||Banana, caramel, vanilla|
|Palate||Corn, vanilla, caramel, oak char|
|Finish||Corn, nutmeg, caramel, oak|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks|
|Similar to||Longbranch, Buffalo Trace|
The nose brings the same plastic banana note of the traditional Jack Daniel’s No. 7, along a hint of caramel and a touch of vanilla and a whiff of oak.
On the palate, Gentleman Jack feels thin lacking in body. Flavor is high in corn up-front, followed by vanilla and caramel. There is some bitterness coming from an oak char note, but nothing too terrible.
The finish is short-lived, with more corn to it, a touch of nutmeg, caramel and oak.
If you have tried the traditional Jack Daniel’s you are going to find the Gentleman Jack to be a refined and polished version.
The peppery and harsh notes have been mellowed out through a double-filtering process using homemade charcoal before bottling; the Old No. 7 is only filtered once.
Gentleman Jack is smooth, not too complex, but plain and watery. An improvement over the No. 7 which is not a major accomplishment as the latter is not that good, to be honest.
Overall, the Gentleman Jack is drinkable on the rocks but does not make a memorable whiskey; there are several good sippers at this price point that you should take in consideration before the Gentleman.
There are a few things worth knowing about this whiskey:
- It has no age statement but its around 5 years.
- Gentleman Jack is not a bourbon but a Tennessee Whiskey, that is to say, a spirit distilled in Tennessee from at least 51% corn, aged in new charred oak barrels and that been filtered using the Lincoln County Process, filtering the spirit through charcoal before barreling.
- Gentleman Jack is double-filtered through handcrafted charcoal in a process that takes from 3 to 5 days before going through another round. The No. 7 is only filtered once.
- This whiskey comes from a mash bill of 80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley.
- Produced in Tennessee, by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown–Forman Corporation since 1956.
- Brown-Forman owns other brands such as Woodford Reserve, Old Forester Whiskey and Herradura Tequila.
Four Roses vs Gentleman Jack: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon||$39|
Four Roses Small Batch vs Gentleman Jack: Which is better?
The Four Roses is a better tasting whiskey
|Whiskey||Four Roses||Gentleman Jack|
- The Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a better whiskey than the Gentleman Jack, as it is super smooth, sweet but not overly, slightly peppery, quite flavorful and yet very easy to sip.
- Also bottled at a higher proof providing more body to the dram while still quite smooth.
- Definitely a better whiskey providing great value for the money.
- Gentleman Jack is better than the Old No. 7, but still short of being a good whiskey as it feels weak and watered-down; quite dull to be honest.
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