Jack Daniels Cask Strength

90 Really Tasty

A surprisingly sweet and viscous sip from Jack Daniels, the cask strength iteration of the classic whiskey is the best expression to date.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Vital Stats
◾Distiller: Jack Daniels, Lynchburg, TN (Brown-Foreman)
◾ABV: 66.15% (Proof: 132.3º)
◾Mash Bill: 80% Corn, 8% Rye, 12% Barley Malt
◾Barrel Entry Proof: Unknown
◾Barrel Char Level: #3 (Brown Foreman Cooperage)
◾Age: Not Stated
◾Price Paid: $63
◾Rick no: L-25
◾Barrel No: 15-6419
◾Bottling Date: 11-04-15
◾Availability: Limited

What it is:

This is the first Tennessee Whiskey reviewed by ModernThirst.  So let’s skip to the first question on everyone’s mind- What’s the difference between bourbon and Tennessee whiskey?  Not much.  By law, Tennessee whiskey is bourbon made in Tennessee that undergoes the Licoln County process…a filtration through charcoal made from Sugar Maple prior to barreling.  This kick starts the aging process, and some say adds flavor.

So is it bourbon?  Probably.  That’s been hashed out so often it’s not even worth getting into. If not, it’s REALLY similar.  So let’s move on.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Barrel Strength Whiskey is just as the name says.  It’s standard Jack Daniels chosen from a single barrel and bottled at a blistering 132.3 proof.


This is sold in a dark cardboard box with a square cordial bottle with real cork top.  Very attractive.

Jack Daniels Cask Strength 3


Medium amber


Smooth oak, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar


Caramel, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Pepper, Graham Crackers


Medium-long, sweet caramel corn, oaky tannins, some cloves

Jack Daniels Cask Strength 5


I was really surprised by this.  Where I usually avoid standard Jack Daniels like it’s a rabid mongoose infected with syphilis, this is an incredibly sweet and tasty sip.  It explodes with a graham-crackery sweetness on the tongue and never approaches the tongue-blistering alcohol-forward profile I expected from a 130+ proof whiskey.  To top it off, it worked excellently in an Old Fashioned cocktail.   Cheers to The Jack Daniels team, Jack Daniels Barrel Proof is a keeper.

ModernThirst.com Score: 90 out of 100 points

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About Author

Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and Founder and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

1 Comment

  1. Whiskey Drinker on

    This is the best time ever to be a whiskey drinker. I love whiskey in all its expressions, whisky, whiskey, whatever. That being said this offering from Lynchburg is great. To my taste, it is Jack Daniel’s concentrate. The 80 proof flavor at a concentrated strength, delicious.

    Life is good.

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