Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Honey in this head to head comparison and decide which whiskey is better for You!
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||Woodford Reserve,|
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 (Alternatives) 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.
Still the best whiskey to mix with Cola but offers very little value beyond that, TBH.
There are a few things worth knowing about this whiskey:
- Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling whiskey across the globe with sales of over 100 million bottles per year.
- JD 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 Honey
|Nose||Banana, maple syrup, lemon, ethanol|
|Palate||Honey, banana, oak, peppermint|
|Finish||Honey, mint, spice|
|Alcohol content||70 proof (35% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Jim Beam Honey, Evan Williams Honey|
The nose brings the traditional Jack Daniel’s banana note, along a strong hint of maple syrup, lemon and a bit of ethanol, but nothing too severe.
On the palate, you get sweet honey and banana up-front, followed by a bit of oak char. There is subtle peppermint note to it which adds depth making it surprisingly interesting.
The finish is short-lived, mostly sweet, yet well balanced against a slight bitter note, with mint and spice coming late.
Jack Daniel’s Honey is much better than I was expecting. Is not overly sweet and it has some interesting tasting notes that caught me by surprise.
It has no warmth or harsh notes making it a very easy drinker, thus you can drink it neat or rocks. You can also drink it in cocktails such as Lemonade or Ice Tea where it becomes quite enjoyable
There are a few facts worth knowing about Jack Daniel’s Honey:
- Bottled at 70 proof.
- This is a blend of the traditional Jack Daniel’s No.7 and a honey liqueur of their own making.
What’s the difference between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 and Jack Daniel’s Honey?
Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee Whiskey while Honey is a flavored whiskey
- Jack is a Tennessee Whiskey (not a bourbon) filtered through charcoal before bottling in what is known as the Lincoln County Process.
- Jack Daniel’s Honey is not a whiskey but a flavored whiskey, made by blending the Old No. 7 with a honey liqueur crafted by the same company.
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Honey: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s No. 7||$37||1L|
|Jack Daniel’s Honey||$38||1L|
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Honey: Which is better?
Honey is surprisingly good and a nicer drinker than the Old No. 7
|Whiskey||Jack Daniel’s||Jack Daniel’s Honey|
- My expectations were too low regarding the JD Honey, but it turned out to be quite enjoyable.
- A nice easy drinker, not overly sweet, well balanced against tasting notes that make it interesting.
- A great option to make sweet and smooth cocktails with no burn or harsh 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!