Discover the differences between Gentleman Jack vs Maker’s Mark in this head to head comparison and decide which whiskey is better for You!
|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||Buffalo Trace, Longbranch|
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 GJ.
There are a few things worth knowing about this whiskey:
- It has no age statement but it’s 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 Bourbon, Old Forester Whiskey and Herradura Tequila.
|Nose||Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, almond|
|Palate||Rye spice, caramel, dried fruit, nuts|
|Finish||Long, caramel, rye spice|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Four Roses, Woodford Reserve|
The nose has a nail polish note that fades into vanilla and cherry as you let it develop in the glass.
On the palate Maker’s Mark delivers vanilla, caramel, cherry and honey providing a pleasant mouthfeel.
The finish has a moderate length, is sweet with very little warmth and just a dash of black pepper.
Adding a drop of water makes it taste like a Tootsie Pop, while tuning down the spicy note making it easier to sip.
Maker’s Mark (Alternatives) is a well-rounded and enjoyable bourbon without any bold flavors. It is one of the few bourbons, along Van Winkle, Weller Bourbon, Old Elk, Larceny, that carry wheat in the mash as opposed to rye.
This makes the Maker’s Mark a bit sweeter and smoother while providing a bready flavor.
Nothing stands-out but there are no off-putting notes as it is nicely balanced, yet with enough body.
It makes a good entry-level bottle to those new to bourbon or liquors in general or a nice “everyday whisky” for those looking for a non-challenging sipper.
There are few facts about Maker’s Mark worth knowing:
- Maker’s Mark is made from 70% corn, 16% red wheat, and 14% malted barley.
- While most whiskeys age for a set amount of time, Maker’s is bottled when the tasters call it to be ready; that is between 6 and 7 years.
- This one of the few whiskey brands in the United States that uses “whisky” instead of “whiskey” in its name due to the founders Scottish heritage.
- Maker’s bottles stand out from the rest due to the red wax seal that is still made by hand nowadays.
- Maker’s Mark is owned by Beam Suntory, a Japanese drinks giant who also holds Jim Beam, although they are crafted at different distilleries.
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Gentleman Jack vs Maker’s Mark: Which is better?
Maker’s Mark is a better sipper
|Whiskey||Gentleman Jack||Maker’s Mark|
- Maker’s Mark is not only a good entry-level bourbon but a better sipper than the Gentleman Jack.
- Maker’s is not a memorable bourbon but it has some nice flavors and goes down nicely making a good option for an “everyday whiskey”.
- Gentleman Jack mixes better with Coke but due to its price I’d rather use the Jack No. 7 or even the modest Evan Williams Black Label which is quite similar and is way cheaper.
- This whiskey feels weak and watered-down, with not much flavor making an overly dull sipper.
Difference between Gentleman Jack and Maker’s Mark
Gentleman Jack is a Tennessee Whiskey, Maker’s Mark a wheated bourbon
- Gentleman Jack is not a bourbon but a Tennessee Whiskey, that is to say, a spirit distilled in the state of 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.
- Maker’s Mark is a bourbon. This type of whiskey also has to be made using at least 51% corn and aged in new charred oak barrels. It was made in the state of Kentucky and was not filtered through charcoal.
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