Origin: Tennessee (USA)
Type: Apple Liqueur
Ageing casks: Virgin American toasted
Added colouring: No
Owner: Brown Forman
Average price: € 40.00
Official website: www.jackdaniels.com
For Jack Daniel’s, I believe there is no need for an introduction or to tell the story of this distillery, known even to those who have never drunk a single drop of whiskey.
The popularity it has enjoyed since its foundation in 1866 can be described as planetary, making the brand for many people THE whiskey par excellence, both in its neat and mixologist versions.
But Jack Daniel’s isn’t just the Old N°7 most people know, but there are many variations, both as whiskey (in bourbon and rye) and as liqueurs with the most varied characteristics.
And we find the apple at the heart of this liqueur launched at the end of 2019, made by mixing the classic Jack Daniel’s Old N°7 with an apple liqueur in equal proportions.
The process involves infusing three varieties of (American) apples in varying proportions for at least ten days in new make: McIntosh (70%), Red Delicious (15%) and Granny Smith (15%). The resulting infusion, after being filtered, is mixed with Old N°7 for about thirty days, and finally bottled after lowering the alcohol content (but not too much).
This new product joins the other two liqueurs in their portfolio (Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire) in a style that is increasingly sought after by consumers.
Apples are of course the star here, with an intense aroma of green and crisp apples that makes you (almost) want to bite the glass. Often these kinds of aromas have an artificial quality to them, but here the sensation of smelling a real apple is very persistent. The fruit doesn’t leave much room for anything else, including alcohol (which is completely absent), except for a distant evocation of vanilla and cinnamon.
In the mouth the sensations open up to a more varied range (but not too much), the apple becomes caramelised and guides the very sweet impressions that permeate the palate. A flood of caramel, vanilla and honey accompanied by a hint of macadamia nut and a whiff of cinnamon. Very sweet, but just on the edge of cloying.
A medium-long finish where (needless to say) caramelised apples dominate along with cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of malt biscuits.
Simple and pleasing as it couldn’t be otherwise, very easy to drink neat but devoted to blending, without that impression of artificial flavours in its overpowering apple character. With ice in Summer it certainly finds its place.