Definitely One To Keep For The Liquor Cabinet
I consider myself a novice when it comes to tasting different spirits. Wine, Brandy, Gin and Vodka etc, are not my fortee. However I'm growing my knowledge on tasting Whiskey's and Scotches.
I've never been a fan of Jack Daniels. I'd class JD in with Walker's Red Label; just bad.
I unintentionally picked up this Whiskey without realizing it was JD until I walked out.
This particular Whiskey was extremely easy to pick apart flavours. Calling it "complex" would be justified.
My standard cheap-whiskey's are Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Jim Bean and the like. In Canada, this 750ml bottle was about $38 if my memory serves me correct; slightly higher than the ones mentioned.
I use a Brandy Snifter for the full experience when tasting. And unlike the regular JD; which I could I would dump a bunch of ice and Coke, I'd suit Gentleman Jack to a Brandy Snifter without hesitation. Most Whiskey's will offer a description of notes with "Honey, Dried Fruit, Sherry and Oak. However, those terms seem far too common and lack-luster.
BUT with Gentleman Jack, I INSTANTLY noticed (for the first time) Honey and Dried Fruit. It was quite incredible, in my opinion. The complexity and easily identifiable notes tasted were something only found in Tullamore Dew or expensive Single Malts. It reminded me of Aberfeldy Single Malt, but with more sweetness and body.
To make it short, Honey, Smoke and Dried Fruit (mainly Apricot) were easily recognizable even by an amateur taster such as myself. I feel the double charcoal filtering was a definite asset by for this Whiskey, as it defines the flavours' clarity much more, and smoothed the edges so to speak.
Adding water does WONDERS for this as well, as on the pallet there is a smooth, oily finish but on the swallow itself, there are harsh pins and needle. If you smoke (and if you're a real man, you do, ;)), you will understand this; there are some cigarettes that are smooth but lack complete flavour. But there are some that come with a certain prickly harshness, but provide an intensity of smooth, enjoyable smoke. THAT is what Gentleman Jack is.
I gave Gentleman a very strong 3 and a half simply because the flavour is well-balanced and strong, and provides a full body, living up to the price and reputation of regular JD. I deducted half a star due to having the prickly-effect (which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't promise a different swallow as regular JD) however it was expected from Jack Daniels anyway.
16th January 2016