What's in a name? Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is called whiskey because it's produced in America. Were it from Scotland it would be spelled Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whisky, rather than whiskey.
The nose is quite light and smooth with plenty of sweetness. There are hints of dry spice and oily nuts, a touch of smoke. The palate is quite smooth and soft with notes of banana milkshake, a mixed nut note, a touch of caramel with crème anglaise. The finish is quite sweet with a little cereal sweetness and toasty oak.
I was recently given a bottle of JD and thoroughly enjoyed it. To me it is a good solid American style whiskey, drunk on the rocks. Although by no means my favourite sipping whiskey the bottle did disappear very quickly.
9th October 2014
I was presented a bottle of this by my grandmother for my 26th birthday as she knew I appreciated whisky - bless her. I've chastised so many people for drinking this, I've been that guy at the bar sniggering at the JD drinker as I snaffle my Lagavulin. The other night I saw the cubic bottle in my cabinet after a long week and thought; "why not" as I grabbed a fist full of ice, full of fear. ...I was pleasantly surprised. I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed it - it was tasty. Is this craft whisky? No, is it top shelf? No. For years I have judged people based on their choice of tipple but no more. Maybe I'm getting old or maybe I'm still a boy, who knows. But for the price it's decent - no whisk(e)y is worth only one star...
28th September 2014
In vodka theres smirnoff which is strong charcoal and raw alcohol bite, jack is the same but with sweet simple whiskey flavour. If you have the money gentleman's jack is better. But for that price theres many others that some might say is better. Some people don't like it because it's too simple, I like it for that.
Not a drink you want to start with for getting a palate for whiskies. But its good. Will give you a whiskey face if you drink too much of it.
26th September 2014
I had to laugh as I read the reviews and comments on Jack Daniels whiskey. Seemed that the snobs/haters (yes, you proudly know who you are) tried SO hard to come up creative and witty ways to beat this whiskey down. I seriously doubt there's more than a couple refined palette's in the entire group and you can tell from the posts who they are-- the rest are just wanna-be's. If Jack Daniel's was such garbage, why is it one of the top selling whiskey's in the world? The answer is simply people like what they like and that's it. Trying to come off like an elitist douche whose opinion 'obviously' trumps the masses is laughable at best. I'm sure the REAL elitist's with their refined palette's don't bother with threads like this - why would they?
And yes, I do like Jack Daniels... With Coke...
25th September 2014
The person who wrote the "It is what it is"-review completely gets what this whiskey is all about: relaxing after a crappy day (or, for that matter, celebrating a good one). Solid and dependable whiskey for uncomplicated but flavourful and relay enjoyable sipping.
24th September 2014
Excellent for every day drinking and for cooking as well. The smell and taste of smoke is little overwhelming in my opinion, but anyway, is one of my favourite.
22nd September 2014
You can't say much about JD. No.7 it is classic simple whiskey, distillery starter with price and quality, however it's got that specific smell and taste, goes well in every combo, neat or mixed like a cocktail
5th September 2014
People, you get what you pay for! I live in South America, and JD is about $27 bucks down here. It's just a little above of what even deserves to be called whiskey (which you can find for as low as $16 bucks).
Don't expect greatness. However, I gave it 5 stars as for its price it's pretty good. I like the smell overall, nice, it's like wood and almonds. The taste is a bit on the strong side, but I do enjoy strong liquor.
It's the great one among its price range, and I dare to say even better than some more pricey ones in the $35-$40 range.
Not for celebrating a great achievement or an anniversary but good enough to sit back and relax at home or at a bar after a hard day.
1st September 2014
This is not a fancy bourbon or malt whisky. It's not like Ardbeg, Pappy or Macallan. This is a simply whiskey for when you just want a drink after a hard day, and that, is what makes this whiskey great.
17th August 2014
This is good whiskey that is way to expensive in the UK considering how low the cost is in the US.
16th August 2014
This is my whisky of choice when chilling at home. With coke in a JD and Coke this is absolutely delicious.
25th July 2014
Smells nice but has a flavour profile best described as 'road tar'.
Why anyone buys this stuff at the price they do instead of a decent straight bourbon like Beam, Trace, Maker's, Blanton's etc is beyond me.
25th June 2014
Not anywhere close to my favorite whiskey but for the price it's good. Sweet nose and a simple sweet taste. I don't get the "glue nose" or the "disgusting taste" that some have seemed to experience. In the end just remember you get what you pay for. This is not nor is it meant to be a top self whiskey so don't expect it to taste like one.
19th June 2014
So its not Highland Park 18yr but it really is quite drinkable if simple and uncomplicated. Yes its produced on a larger scale than pretty much any other Whisky, but its popular for a reason, namely because its drinkable and uncomplicated. The snobs will tell you otherwise but overall this is a pretty decent product.
29th April 2014
Why does this whisky have such a strong taste of glue and raw alcohol? Probably the worst whisky I have ever tasted. Nasty stuff - keep well away or drink it with Coke or anything else that disguises the taste.
27th March 2014
Love it with coke, like it neat.
Kinda like MCDonalds, you know what you are gonna get worldwide.
28th February 2014
I have been drinking single malt Scotch for a while and it seemed time to try Jack Daniels. Currently drinking it neat. Perhaps a little water or ice would open it up but so far I am quite unimpressed. This is not a complex whiskey. To me there is a medicinal alcohol flavor and not a lot of depth, especially in the finish. Drinkable, but off my list for the future. What is scary is that this is considered to be one of the better American whiskeys.
10th February 2014
Won't kill ya.
8th February 2014
not a bad whiskey drinkable none the less.My review short and sweet just like this whisky
25th January 2014
..but I'll never understand why my friends swear by it. I admit that it has a unique characteristic in its taste that I always try to cling to and explore... but it never seems to go anywhere. And other than that.. nothing else to see here.
13th January 2014
It taste cheap and no character at all. JD+coke = CHEAP! Why buy like this and drink it with coke?
4th January 2014
Я не знаю как люди могут писать "это мой лучший виски", "очень гладкий". Это очень плохой виски! Он не стоит и 10 части его цены. Я подписываюсь под всеми негативными отзывами, поскольку они отражают правду. Любой другой бурбон будет лучше этого!
10th December 2013
I have never been much for "Red Liquor", and despise bourbon cheap or spendy. If you have to mix it to get it down,let it be. I drink Gentleman jack exclusively as far as American sour mash is concerned, and a few "Whiskeys" from across the pond. I drink it neat so I can enjoy the taste. Why else drink the stuff? Jack Black is fine for clubs ans Jack and Coke searching for the "Buzz", but it tastes to my admittedly uneducated palate like battery acid and monkey urine. Spend a few dollars for Gentleman Jack and leave the dang Coke in the fridge.
14th November 2013
I've worked in an Ethanol plant for 8 years. Every once in a while you get a really strong wiff of the alcohol off the Mol Sieve room where the alcohol is refined. I must say that Jack Daniels smells exactly like fuel grade alcohol and the taste matches it's smell. I agree with the poster who said this is one for the nightclubs. It's got kind of a sour corn and vinegar like taste....combined with fuel grade alcohol. I didn't like it.
26th October 2013
As somewhat of a whiskey snob, I grudgingly admit that this is a quality Tennessee Whiskey. It's very smooth and drinkable if not complex and very good for the money.( keep in mind I'm in the US so its only about 22 bucks a bottle here). I'm never reaching for this over my beloved Blantons or Knob Creek( yes I know they are bourbons and therefore different) but despite the redneck mass produced image it's a good product.
25th October 2013
It's not a whisky for a special occasion; it's your ordinary "watching-TV whisky", but it's so very smooth that it always make me happy after a long day.
18th October 2013
Jack is technically not a Bourbon but a Tennessee whiskey. Please read some wikipedia's before claiming knowledge. Next to that I think that you can't compare a Tennessee whiskey with a Bourbon, two different production methods that end up in two different taste profiles. I'd rather have a George Dinkel over a Jack.
This Tennessee Whiskey, in my opinion, is good for mixing, that's all
13th October 2013
I love it my fevrits brand JD i used to drink everyday.
7th August 2013
Young whisky drinker. Love some scotches, hate drinks with bad aftertaste (Bells). Mr JD is right up my street. I find it sweet and my nose loves the aromas. Quite happily get through 70cl neat. Nothing like that smell to wet the tongue. I imagine some drinkers would call my taste unrefined. ;).
2nd July 2013
Very distinct flavour, my favorite whiskey.
20th May 2013
I was surprised at just how different this was to the Speyside and Islay drams I'd been enjoying of late. I'm sure that if you acquire the taste for it, it's probably fine but on first tasting I found it overpowering and sickly. To me, it tasted like it was made to be a mixer with cola, as it already had some of the caramel qualities.
16th May 2013
Definitely not a whiskey to celebrate something special, nor is it a whiskey to sip when you're looking for a nice new drink. It's bland, and nothing exciting. But if you've never had it, give it a try. Jack is unfortunately such a well known brand, when I think it falls short of better wiskeys in that price range.
13th May 2013
I give this tennesse whiskey a perfect score because it deserves one. It's not extremely complex, but its absolutely delicious and for the price I always have a bottle on standby. Its hard to accept that even though you see some shirtless dude in the back of a pickup drinking straight from the bottle this is a quality spirit. Things this popular dont get so for no reason. open your mind
23rd April 2013
But we love it!
20th April 2013
It tastes good, for sure there are better and the name is very famous, but, its not bad at all. I fear the whiskey snob brigade are threatened by it's success, no??
2nd February 2013
There is nothing subtle about JD's. It's sweet and has a pungent glue nose, on the palate it's mostly the caramel and banana. I don't see the point of drowning it in even more sugar (i.e. JD + Coke), but at least the superglue smell is diluted that way. I don't want to know what this stuff would taste like without the charcoal filtering they're so proud of.
There are American whiskeys cheaper and better than this.
30th November 2012
Jack Daniel's does not contain any artificial colouring which may surprise people. All the colour comes from new oak casks which are very effective at giving a whisky colour, furthermore it is illegal to add colouring to American whiskeys.
25th October 2012
let's just put this simple: if you respect yourself and want to get flavor, complexity and quality from your whiskey (or just one of the 3...) you just don't buy this stuff.
JD is for the people who haven't got a clue what they are drinking.
20th October 2012
No real character, no depth, just a medicinal, generic whisky taste and then a finish of banana skins. Very nice with coke, which explains its popularity, but this is a whisky for the night clubs, not for a whisky fan.
Nothing against Bourbon, just JD. Also nothing against mass-market whiskies, I love Black Label as a everyday drinker.
Hope this help someone to avoid buying just because of the big name.
21st December 2011
Just as an interesting FYI, I dont think anyone outside US says 'Scotch' anymore. Here in England, we don't use the term in this context (despite what Wikipedia says).
19th December 2011
How anybody can favour this over the sophistication of a Scotish single malt is beyond me! Complete and utter rubbish!
3rd October 2011
27th December 2010
like gold hitting the tummy
4th December 2010
Jack Daniels is a Tennesee Whiskey but a mass produced one, Try George Dickel, much smoother and richer without the sickly sweetness. And to the whole "Real Whiskey" B.S. Remarks, get a grip you don't have to hate one too enjoy another, I love Irish Whiskeys, and Scotch Whiskys, not all but most. Just think of Bourbon & Tennesee Whiskeys as relatives to those previously mentioned spirits.
23rd October 2010
Jack Daniels is definately not a bourbon. It's a Tennessee Whiskey. Similar but different, due to the charcoal maple filtering process which bourbons do not have.
NB. Real whiskeys are made in Ireland
1st July 2010
The bourbon Drink is amazing, Drink it with Coke :) But its not a whisky, Its a bourbon, Real whiskeys are made in scotland, My country :)
1st May 2010
This is a great drop. Must NOT be mixed and to be enjoyed straight.
21st April 2010
This is personally the best whiskey I've ever tasted. The beautiful colour and the taste just overwhelms me its that good, I must say its quite a treat over ice.
17th February 2010
For me ist Jack Daniels the best Whisky. Point ! lg, Daniel ;-)
16th January 2010
Ah, Jack, What can I say? Well it's colour is lovely, it's nose is fine, but oh, lordy, the taste is quite sublime, over ice is best, nicely warming on the way down, but comfortingly so, all in all, a very accomplished whiskey
26th December 2009
There is a lot of maize infusion, somewhat depriving the taste. Then maize changes into sweetness and vanilla aromas. The texture is however mellow, with good body.
Try Gentleman's Jack which thanks to the double charcoal filtration is more fruity in the nose and doesn't have this maize smell.
28th September 2009