I feel a little like I’m going about this wrong – writing about Gentleman Jack before the standard Jack Daniels. Gentleman Jack is the middle offering in the Jack Daniel’s, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel, so it would seem natural to start with the first rung of the ladder. Unfortunately, college provided me with too many tasting experiences of the standard Jack Daniel’s to be as unbiased as I’d like. The Gentlemanly variety, then, provides something of a fresh start for this popular brand.
The difference between GJ and JD seems to be only that the whiskey is charcoal filtered twice instead of once. Presumably this will make it a little smoother. There’s also no age statement, providing them with some flexibility with this line.
– $30 – 40
– 80 proof
– Made by Jack Daniel’s
Gentleman Jack’s bottle has a wide-set shoulder, with a slight slope on the way down to the base. The front sports a silver label emblazoned with its name and the descriptor “Rare Tennessee Whiskey”. Beneath this, embossed on the glass is Jack’s signature. Otherwise, the bottle is pretty clean and simple, showing off the stuff inside.
Gentleman Jack is very sweet to the nose – corn, fresh grass, and reasonably strong oak. It is indeed very smooth, clean start to clean finish. In the middle, though, there’s a bit of a crunchy, grainy aspect that fodes quickly to a warm char on the roof of the mouth.
Gentleman Jack is – as advertised – quite smooth. Unfortunately, there’s not too much else going on in there. I’ll give this a try with some cocktails and see how it holds up. In the end, however, this probably won’t be making too many appearances for me.