Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Single Barrel Select in this head to head comparison and decide which whiskey is better for You!
Jack Daniel’s Old. 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|
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 drink with Coke 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 Single Barrel Select
|Nose||Banana, caramel, oak|
|Palate||Vanilla, caramel, cherry, oak|
|Finish||Medium length, cherry, caramel, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||94 proof (47% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks|
|Similar to||Jim Beam SB, Gentleman Jack, Four Roses SB|
The nose brings more of that banana note which is the common theme among Jack Daniel’s whiskeys. The banana note is followed by caramel and a tad oak.
On the palate, the Single Barrel shows a good body without becoming creamy. First sip delivers vanilla and caramel up-front, followed by a cherry cough syrup note and a bit of oak.
The finish has a medium length, with a bit of oak spice char, along more of that cough syrup note and caramel.
There is some warmth as it pleasantly burns a bit on the way down yet it drinks nicely neat. Adding water releases more caramel and oak making it easier to drink.
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is the same whiskey as the traditional Old No. 7 crafted from a single barrel as opposed to blending from various barrels.
The barrels are hand-picked from the upper-level of the warehouse and the whiskey is bottled at a higher proof, meaning it suffered less water-dilution.
The result is an improvement over the traditional No. 7 as it has more texture. Better rounded and free of some the weird tasting notes of the best selling American whiskey across the globe.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel:
- Aged between 4 and 7 years.
- Single Barrel uses a 80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley mash bill.
What’s the difference between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 and Single Barrel Select?
There are the same whiskey but there are two main differences to know:
- The Single Barrel is drawn from a hand-picked single barrel as opposed to the No. 7 that is a blend of several barrels.
- The Single Barrel is bottled at a higher proof, meaning it suffered less water.dilution. This provides more body and flavor to the whiskey.
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Single Barrel Select: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7||$26|
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Single Barrel Select: Which is better?
The Single Barrel is an upgrade over the Old No. 7
|Whiskey||Jack Daniel’s||Single Barrel Select|
- The Single Barrel is a huge step-up over the traditional No. 7 as it has a decent texture and is free of weird tasting notes.
- Still not a memorable or earth shattering whiskey but this something that fans of Jack Daniel’s will appreciate.
- This is a well-rounded pour that drinks nicely neat or rocks, although adding a drop of water releases more caramel and oak making it more enjoyable.
Learn more about this iconic brand by reading my post: Discover the Best Jack Daniel’s Flavor where I rank every release.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!