Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select vs Single Barrel in this head to head comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select
|Nose||Charred oak, vanilla, baking spice|
|Palate||Charred oak, banana, cinnamon|
|Finish||Medium, cinnamon, vanilla, charred oak|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks|
|Similar to||Gentleman Jack|
Jack Daniel’s was Frank Sinatra’s favorite whiskey and this bottle tries to recreate the Jack Daniel’s of the good old days when it was bottled at 90 proof; it was later watered-down at 80 proof to extend availability.
Another important distinction is the use of charred American oak barrels with concentric grooves scored from top to bottom that expose the liquor to a greater surface area of both charred and virgin wood.
The nose hits with charred oak at first, followed by banana, vanilla, and a touch of baking spice.
On the palate, the Sinatra Select displays good body providing a pleasant mouthfeel. Flavor brings more oak char, followed by cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of caramel.
The finish is medium at best, with very little heat with more oak char which is constant from nose to finish, along vanilla and cinnamon.
I can understand why Blue Eyes liked this whiskey as it’s quite enjoyable, too much in common with the Old No. 7 just that better in every way as it feels robust, while missing the glue notes of the classic Jack Daniel’s.
Is it worth the lofty price tag? Yes if you are fond of listening to “Strangers in the Night” if not go for the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked which has notes in common but way more affordable.
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||Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof|
The Single Barrel is the same whiskey as the Jack Daniel’s 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 classic Jack Daniel’s.
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.
Sinatra Select vs Single Barrel: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select||$115|
|Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel||$34|
Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select vs Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel: Which is better?
Single Barrel provides good value for the money
|Whiskey||Sinatra Select||Single Barrel|
- Unless you are a Sinatra’s die-hard fan there is no reason to buy the Sinatra Select which is massively overpriced.
- The Single Barrel is just as good but with added proof that does not feel while delivering good value.
Both represent upgrades over the regular Jack 7 but if you really want to take it to next level try the Single Barrel Barrel Proof which is the best Jack Daniel’s bottle; that’s one well worth looking at.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!