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Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Rye: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Rye in this in-depth comparison and decide which is better for You!

Jack Daniel’s No. 7

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NoseBanana, oak, wood polish
PalateCaramel, banana, oak char
FinishCitrus, black pepper, oak spice
Alcohol content80 proof (40% ABV)
How to drinkCoke
Similar toJim Beam, Black Label

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 Gorilla 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 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 similar whiskeys to the 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.
  • 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 Rye

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NoseBanana, mint, caramel, vanilla, ethanol
PalateCaramel, vanilla, coffee, baking spice
FinishRye spice, oak
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkRocks, cocktails
Similar toJim Beam Bourbon, Bulleit Rye

The nose has the typical artificial banana note of Jack Daniel’s, along mint, caramel, vanilla and a bit of medicinal alcohol.

On the palate, the Jack Rye is surprisingly smooth, low in rye spice, is round and malty, with some coffee roast, oak, caramel and the mint note typical of rye whiskey.

The finish is smooth, with very little to no burn, with a faint peppery note.

I’m pleasantly surprised by the Jack Daniel’s Rye, I was not expecting much from it but it turns out to be a nice sipper that goes down nicely despite bottled at 90 proof.

It’s quite smooth, unexpectedly complex and entirely drinkable.

It drinks nicely on the rocks, although I feel it lacks the heat to make tasty cocktails as I like stronger whiskeys to make cocktails.

The Jack Daniel’s Rye is better than the regular and attractively priced making a good option.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jack Daniel’s Rye:

  • Mash bill is comprised of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley.
  • It does not have an age statement but is aged between 4 and 5 years.
  • The Jack Daniel’s Rye goes through the same charcoal-filtering process as the No. 7 which takes from 3 to 5 days to get completed.

What do the Old No. 7 and the Jack Daniel’s Rye have in common?

Both whiskeys are subjected to the Lincoln County Process. Both whiskeys are slowly filtered through handmade charcoal for 3 to 5 days removing hard edges, making the whiskey easier to sip.

Jack 7 vs Jack Rye: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

WhiskeyPrice
Jack Daniel’s No. 7$18
Jack Daniel’s Rye$20

Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Jack Daniel’s Rye: Which is better?

Jack Rye beats its sibling

WhiskeyJack 7Jack Rye
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Value
  • Jack Rye is infinitely better than the Old No. 7, which is not a great achievement as the JD 7 is quite bad, TBH.
  • But the JD Rye has a lot of merit on its own as it drinks quite nicely, is packed with some nice flavors, is neither spicy nor peppery making a competent sipper.
  • Its affordable price also makes an attractive offering.

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