Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s Bonded vs Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Jack Daniel’s Bonded Whiskey
|Nose||Banana, caramel vanilla, cherry|
|Palate||Banana, corn, cherry, pecan|
|Finish||Short, cherry, cinnamon|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, Coke|
|Similar to||Gentleman Jack, Triple Mash|
Jack Daniel’s has released a Bottled in Bond whiskey, that is, distillation by a single distiller in a single season, aged in a government bonded warehouse for at least 4 years and bottled at 100 proof.
It is made using the same mash as the every Jack Daniel’s whiskey: 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye.
The nose brings the signature banana note of Jack Daniel’s, followed by caramel, vanilla and cherry.
On the palate, Bonded lacks in body, not terribly thin as the regular Jack but it could definitely use more body.
Flavor hits with banana at first, followed by sweet corn, a touch of Cherry Coke and pecan.
The finish is a bit short, with more Cherry Coke to it and a bit of cinnamon and very little warmth to it.
Jack Daniel’s Bonded is a sweet whiskey, but not cloying, quite easy to sip with no warmth or off-putting notes.
Perhaps a bit weak when compared to other bottled in bond releases, but this price point allows it to use as a mixer making a good whiskey to mix with Coke.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Jack Daniel’s Bonded:
- Released in 2022 and only available in the United States.
- Packaged in 700ml bottles as opposed to 750ml which is the standard.
- The packaging was inspired by the original design of the 1895 Jack Daniel’s bottle.
Jack Daniel’s No. 7
|Nose||Banana, oak, wood polish|
|Palate||Caramel, banana, oak char|
|Finish||Citrus, black pepper, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Coke|
|Similar to||Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker, Triple Mash|
The nose brings a plastic banana note, with hints of brown sugar, oak and just a bit of wood polish.
On the palate, Jack Daniel’s falls flat, with very little body as it lacks texture. Somewhat sweet up-front, with oak char bitterness coming behind overwhelming the sweetness as you keep drinking it.
The finish is almost non-existent, hot and peppery, with a hint of citrus and something that reminds me of glue.
I have fond memories as Jack Daniel’s was my first whiskey and something I enjoyed 20 years ago, but my taste has evolved greatly and now is something I would only drink if drowned in Coke.
It’s just too harsh to make a nice sipping whiskey although it gets better when adding rocks. Ice tunes down the heat and the pepper making it acceptable.
The best use you can make of the Jack Daniel’s (Review) is in cocktails, especially when mixed with Coke. In fact, I can’t think of something better except for those Caribbean rums to mix with Coke.
Drink Jack Daniel’s with Coke or ginger ale and you will be very happy with it… beyond that it serves no purpose as it’s just too harsh.
I’ve compiled a list of alternatives to Jack Daniel’s that you should look into!
There are a few things worth knowing about Jack Daniel’s
- Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling American whiskey across the globe with sales of over 100 million bottles per year.
- Jack Daniel’s is not a Bourbon, but a Tennessee Whiskey, made from 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye.
- Most distillers adhere to a set amount of years to declare a whiskey ready for bottling but Jack Daniel’s tasters decide when is ready based on color, aroma and flavor.
- Jack Daniel’s is filtered for up to 12 days through 10 feet (3 meters) of homemade sugar maple charcoal. This process removes some of the harshness from the spirit.
Jack Daniel’s Bonded vs Old No. 7: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s Bonded||$32||700ml|
|Jack Daniel’s No. 7||$17||750ml|
Jack Daniel’s Bonded vs Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7: Which is better?
Bonded is an upgrade over the Old No. 7
|Whiskey||Jack Bonded||Jack No. 7|
- Bonded is not an earth shattering whiskey but definitely better than the Old No. 7 from nose to finish and well worth the upcharge.
- Jack Bonded is sweet and smooth and makes a good alternative to bourbons like Buffalo Trace or Maker’s Mark that are the same price range.
- I still find it weak when compared to other Bottled in Bond releases but definitely a better tasting whiskey and more robust the Old No. 7 that is thin and plagued with odd tasting notes.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!