Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s Apple vs Jim Beam Apple in this head to head comparison and decide which flavored whiskey is better for You!
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple
|Nose||Green Apple Jolly Rancher|
|Palate||Green apple, sugar, cinnamon, honey|
|Finish||Short, caramel, oak char|
|Alcohol content||70 proof (35% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Crown Royal Apple, Jack Honey|
On the palate, Jack Daniel’s Apple brings more Jolly Rancher flavor, along a big sugary hit making it overly sweet. There is tad of cinnamon coming behind that gets overwhelmed in the cloying sweetness.
The finish is short-lived, with more apple flavor, along caramel and just a tad of oak char trying to bring some balance. There is a bit of heat on the way down, but nothing severe.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple is a Jolly Rancher in a bottle. Overly sweet, with no balancing tasting notes. Good for a sip or two but it becomes cloying making a bad pour.
It gets better in cocktails, though. Add mineral water to make a highball or drown it in ginger-ale but definitely not something I recommend as a sipper.
Some folks like to mix it with Mountain Dew or Red Bull, just be aware that those two are very high in sugar so proceed with caution.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jack Daniel’s Apple:
- This is a flavored whiskey than blends the classic Jack Daniel’s with an apple liqueur.
- Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling American Whiskey across the globe.
- This brand has been owned since 1956 by Brown-Forman who also holds Woodford Reserve and Old Forester.
Jim Beam Apple
|Nose||Apple, honey, wax|
|Finish||Short, apple, oak|
|Alcohol content||70 proof (35% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails, Rocks|
|Similar to||Crown Royal Apple|
The nose brings a strong apple scent, along honey and something that smells like wax.
The palate, brings an overly sweet and concentrated artificial apple flavor, along some honey and a musty note to it.
The finish is practically non-existent with a tad of apple and oak.
This flavored bourbon is overly sweet and drinks better when diluted with water or mixed in a lemonade or other cocktail.
Flavored whiskeys are meant to be sweet and easy drinkers but Jim Beam over did it with this release as it’s just too sweet.
One or two sips are OK, but beyond that it becomes cloying and unpleasant.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jim Beam Apple:
- This whisky uses the traditional Jim Beam White Label as its base and blends it with an apple liqueur.
- Jim Beam is the best-selling bourbon brand across the world (Jack Daniel’s is not a bourbon).
- Crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY along other whiskeys such as Booker’s, Old Grand Dad, Old Crow, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s.
- Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark are owned by Suntory Holdings, headquartered in Japan.
Jack Daniel’s Apple and Jim Beam Apple are flavored whiskeys
These are not whiskeys but flavored whiskeys. These are the classic Jack No. 7 and the Jim Beam, mixed with an apple liqueur and bottled at high proof.
Jack Daniel’s Apple vs Jim Beam Apple: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s Apple||$26||750ml|
|Jim Beam Apple||$18||750ml|
Jack Daniel’s Apple vs Jim Beam Apple: Which is better?
Jack Apple tastes better than Jim Apple
|Whiskey||Jack Daniel’s Apple||Jim Beam Apple|
- Both are sweet, with a flavor that reminds of a liquid form of a Jolly Rancher, but the Jim Beam over did the sweetness making a horribly cloying dram.
- These flavored whiskies become better when mixed in cocktails, as their overly sweet taste gets tuned-down a bit.
When drinking this stuff do it moderation because these whiskeys produce horrible hangovers. Drinks rich in sugar produce strong headaches.
That’s the reason I mostly drink Tequila nowadays as agave spirits don’t give hangovers.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!