Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s vs Glenfiddich in this in-depth 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: Lonehand, Dewar’s
The nose is strong in artificial banana, with hints of brown sugar, oak and a wood polish note lurking in the back.
On the palate, Jack Daniel’s No. 7 falls flat, with very little body as it lacks texture. Somewhat sweet up-front, with oak char astringency coming behind overwhelming the sweetness as you keep drinking it.
The finish is almost non-existent, warm and peppery, with a hint of citrus and glue.
Is it good?
Jack Daniel’s is a terrible sipper, is just warm and peppery with some weird tasting notes.
The best use you can make of the JD is in cocktails, especially when mixed with Coke. In fact, I can’t think of something better except for Caribbean rums to mix with Coke.
Drink Jack Daniel’s with Coke or Red Bull and you will be very happy with it… beyond that it serves no purpose.
Jack Daniel’s facts:
- Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling whiskey across the globe with sales of over 100 million bottles per year.
- Jack Daniel’s is 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.
- Nose: Floral, ripe fruit, honey
- Palate: Fruity sweetness, pear, oak
- Finish: Medium, pear, oak
- Alcohol content: 80 proof (40% ABV)
- How to drink: Add water
- Similar to: Grangestone 12, Glen Grant 12
On the nose, the Glenfiddich 12 offers a subtle and sweet aroma with a floral note, along fruity notes and honey.
On the palate, this malt has a decent body. Flavor offers fruity sweetness up-front, followed by a hint of pear and a pleasant note of oak.
The finish has a moderate length, with no warmth to it, with an aftertaste of pear and subtle oak.
Is it good?
For those new to Scotch, this would be a friendly introduction; if you are an experienced aficionado you are going too find it too friendly, perhaps somewhat dull.
The Glenfiddich 12 is a clean and sweet whisky, nothing complex, nothing great but nothing off-putting, is just a smooth and mellow fruity dram.
No harshness and no traces of smoke make it the best option for newbies curious about single malt Scotch or liquors in general.
Overall, Glenfiddich 12 is a basic release and due to its affordable price and signature smoothness serves as the entry-level bottle to the world of single malt whisky.
Glenfiddich 12 has been the entry-level bottle to the fantastic world of single malt whisky for many people including me and for a good reason: Glenfiddich is a solid, smooth and yet affordable single malt.
Glenfiddich 12 facts:
- Is aged for a dozen years in a combination of used American oak and European sherry oak casks.
- Glenfiddich has been in business since Christmas Day 1887 when William Grant founded the distillery.
- Glenfiddich is the best-selling single malt across the globe and second best-selling in the United States after Glenlivet.
- This is Speyside whisky, these whiskies are known for being smooth, creamy and commonly matured in Sherry casks.
Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Glenfiddich 12: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Jack Daniel’s No. 7||$26|
Jack Daniel’s vs Glenfiddich 12: Which is better?
Glenfiddich is a smooth sipper and Jack Daniel’s a mixer
- Glenfiddich is smoother and a better whisky for those are curious about single malt Scotch and don’t want to break the bank. This is a super easy whisky and perfect for newbies.
- Jack Daniel’s has tasting notes that are not particularly good, but it makes the best thing on the planet to mix with Coke.
Difference between Jack Daniel’s and Glenfiddich
Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee Whiskey and Glenfiddich a Single Malt Scotch
These are the main differences between these whiskeys for you to consider:
- Glenfiddich is a single malt Scotch, to be considered a single malt the whisky has to be made exclusively from malted barley, at a single distillery and aged for at least 3 years in oak barrels and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.
- Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee Whiskey, that means a spirit made in the state of Tennessee from a mash with at least 51% corn, distilled at no higher than 160 proof, barreled at no higher than 125 proof in a new and charred oak barrel. Jack Daniel’s is made from 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye.
- JD No. 7 is filtered for up to 12 days the through homemade sugar maple charcoal.
Whiskey or Whisky?
The American and the Irish use the “E” in whiskey while the Scots, Canadians and Japanese do not.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!