Discover the differences between Jack Daniel’s No. 7 vs Seagram’s 7 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||George Dickel 12, 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.
Jack Daniel’s (Review) was my first whiskey and something I enjoyed 20 years ago, but my taste has evolved 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 No. 7 is in cocktails, especially when mixed with Coke. In fact, I can’t think of something better except for those Bacardi 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.
There are a few things worth knowing about Jack Daniel’s:
- 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.
- The Jack Daniel’s brand is owned by the Brown-Forman Company along the Old Forester, Woodford and Herradura.
Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey
|Nose||Ethanol, caramel, fruit|
|Palate||Vanilla, caramel, sugar|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Sprite, Ginger Ale|
|Similar to||Seagram’s VO, Canadian Club|
The nose hits with ethanol at first, but nothing too severe. As you let it develop caramel and a fruity note pop-up.
On the palate, Seagram’s feels thin lacking in body. Taste offers vanilla and an artificial caramel note, along sugary sweetness. There is a fruity note to it but it also tastes artificial to me.
The finish is short-lived with very little warmth, leaving an aftertaste of something that resembles caramel.
Seagram’s 7 is bad, yet drinkable. Throw it down with some ginger ale, 7-Up or Coke and it even becomes enjoyable but for God’s sake don’t try it neat.
It has an overly artificial taste that becomes annoying after a few sips.
Seagram’s was a Canadian Whisky headquartered in Montreal. The company later collapsed and its assets were sold to companies like Coca-Cola, Pernod-Ricard and Diageo.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Seagram’s 7:
- It has no age statement.
- It is comprised of 25% straight whiskey and 75% neutral grain.
Jack Daniel’s vs Seagram’s: Price comparison
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Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 vs Seagram’s 7: Which is better?
Jack mixes better with Coke while Seagram’s with 7-Up
- Neither Jack nor Seagram’s are good as they are filled with weird tasting notes.
- But they become bearable when mixed in cocktails, so if you are looking to mix with Coke use the Jack Daniel’s and if you want a 7-Up or ginger ale based cocktail use the Seagram’s.
- If you are looking for a sipper look somewhere else as these two are not good, TBH.
Look into my round up of the best Alternatives to Jack Daniel’s where you will find better options.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!