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Every Jack Daniel’s Rye Whiskey Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Mar 31, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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When did Jack Daniel’s Rye come out? Believe it or not. Jack Daniel’s did not offer a rye whiskey until 2017 when they debuted their Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey. This line expansion was the first new mashbill made by the Lynchburg distillery since Prohibition. JD then expanded the line with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye and in 2020 they released their Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Single Barrel Rye Whiskey which is getting rave reviews.

According to Jeff Arnett, Master Distillery, “Our goal with Tennessee Rye was to create a versatile whiskey with a balance of flavors that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or mixed in a classic American whiskey cocktail.” They’ve mostly achieved this with their Rye.

What’s the difference between Jack Daniels and Jack Daniels Rye? Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7’s mashbill is 80% corn and 8% rye, whereas their  Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey’s mashbill is 70% rye and 18% corn (both contain malted barley for the remaining percentage). Jack Daniel’s Rye still goes through maple charcoal filtration (AKA the Lincoln County Process).

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Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Single Barrel Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
Barrel Proof Single Barrel Rye WhiskeyDetails
Mashbill70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley.
Off the StillUnknown
Barrel Entry125 Proof
In the BottleVaries by the Barrel
132.9 Proof
ABVVaries by the Barrel
66.45%
TypeCharcoal Mellowed
AgeNAS
Suggested MSRP$65
Parent CompanyBrown-Forman
Louisville, KY
DistilleryJack Daniels Distillery
133 Lynchburg Hwy.
Lynchburg, TN 37352
ProsComplex and Perfectly Balanced
ConsNo Flaws
RatingGold 95.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

The nose is deceptive. This barrel proof rye is 132.9 proof but the alcohol doesn’t hit you over the head with heat. The nose offers creamy, floral, and sweet strawberry notes with rye spice adding a ton of depth.

Taste – 96 out of 100 Points

The palate is just gorgeous. The sweet strawberry notes from the nose turn into sweet fruity bubblegum notes on the palate balanced with blooming floral and heat. The heat from the proof shows up with a peppery tingle on the front of the tongue.

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

The finish is a mile long. Beautiful rye spice with the perfect balanced fruit and floral notes.

Complexity – 96 out of 100 Points

Now remember this is a single barrel but the complexity is off the charts. The flavors are clean and balanced with a ton of depth. You can easily pick each flavor out, and they are crisp and delicious.

Value – 96 out of 100 Points

Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (ooph that’s a mouthfeel) is retailing around $65. They are a buy when you see it no questions asked for me. And, honestly, I’d considering this a stocker where I’d want two or three of a good store pick. I was not a huge fan of Jack Daniel’s Straight Rye Whiskey, so I was surprised how much I loved this.

Verdict – Gold 95.6 out of 100 Points

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Jack Daniel’s Straight Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Straight Rye Whiskey
Straight Rye WhiskeyDetails
Mashbill70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley.
Off the StillUnknown
Barrel Entry125 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
TypeCharcoal Mellowed Twice
AgeNAS
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$27.99
Parent CompanyBrown-Forman
Louisville, KY
DistilleryJack Daniels Distillery
133 Lynchburg Hwy.
Lynchburg, TN 37352
ProsSpicy and Smooth
ConsShort Finish
RatingBronze 85 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Medium viscosity. Thick legs.

Nose – 85 out of 100 Points

Vanilla and oak are the primary stars but this rye has subtle floral and rye bread undertones.

Taste – 86 out of 100 Points

The front of the palate is vanilla pudding and floral. Hints of smoke and oak. Cardamom. Fresh pear at the top of the palate. The back of the palate has a pleasant spice that rounds things out with an oak backdrop.

Finish – 84 out of 100 Points

Subtle spice, oak, and moral floral that makes a quick appearance. It’s short though.

Verdict – Bronze 85 out of 100 Points

I enjoyed the charcoal mellowing on this rye. It added a creamy mouthfeel you don’t often get from a rye whiskey. The only disappointment was the finish — flavors were on point but it dropped off a cliff.

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Review

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye

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