A Bland Whisky
Reviewed by John Fegan on
Not one I would have sought out but sometimes whiskey choice in London bars is not what it should be, so I decided to try this double filtered Jack Daniels expression. I won’t bother again. It’s not that Gentleman Jack is a bad whiskey, it’s not, it’s just not a great whiskey. It’s a smoother, cleaner version of No 7 but the second charcoal filter seems to have removed most of the flavour, the nose is pleasant enough though.
Aroma: Brown sugar and apple
Palette: Vanilla and honey
Finish: Slightest hint of oak
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
Produced by Jack Daniel's
Average Price £25
Gentleman Jack is the premium version of the standard mixer by Brown-Forman. Having been charcoal-mellowed both before and again after the ageing process, Gentleman Jack is a very smooth, refined version suitable for sipping or mixing.
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When it comes to tasting the Jack Daniels family of whiskey I always suggest that people start with gentleman jack first. It, being our only two times charcoal mellowed whiskey it’s also comes off as being our sweetest, lightest and least oaky so its an excellent place to start to kind of break the palette in for the rest.
But with any tasting I always say you should nose it first so you need to check the aroma, to me the nose is obviously sweet, it tends to be vanilla and caramel-ish in character there’s nothing harsh about it. You can kind of tell that this is going to be a very palatable whiskey a really nice one. Now when it comes to tasting I like to honour those zones on the tongue, making sure that I take in a thimbleful allow it to rest on the tip of the tongue for a couple of seconds, move to mid palette and then swallow it. Each zone of the tongue getting opportunity to assess the whiskey.
I tell people its not what you taste but where you taste it that often tells you the most about it. With Gentleman Jack I expect it to have a lot of flavour forward in the mouth, it should tingle very sharply on the tip of the tongue and on the body. It should be very short in the finish. It’s going to be very warm in the finish but it should not have a lot of flavour and it shouldn’t linger very long when it gets to there. So here we go:
I have a lot of flavour on the tip of my tongue just now, it’s very sweet kind of tingling on the body and out to the tip, it’s a little bit warm in the back of the throat but there’s not much flavour there. There’s an absence of oak and that’s the power of the second pass of charcoal filter and what it can do for Gentleman Jack.
I think for anyone who’s just new to whisky drinking, somebody who’s looking for something nice, that’s very easy to approach, that you can serve to a lot of different people and expect that they would all find it enjoyable and likeable. Gentleman Jack is a very nice choice but also sometimes a safe choice to provide to a very diverse group of drinkers
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