Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 100 Proof goes back to the old days of the art of distilling when whisky was created and sold in barrels, each with its own flavour.
Jack Daniel, one of 13 children, was born in 1850. He was raised by a family friend before being hired to work with the Dan Call family at the age of seven. Call, a Lutheran minister, also owned a whiskey distillery in Louse River.
In the years that followed, Jack learned all he could about whisky making from Call. Later, in September 1863, faced with a growing desire to devote his life to saving souls rather than intoxicating them, Call sold the distillery to Jack, who was barely 13 years old at the time.
Jack Daniel, like Dan Call, believed in softening fresh whisky with hard maple charcoal. While this process was widely used, the time and expense involved made it unpopular with whisky makers who wanted a lower cost product. But Mr Jack was convinced that it was essential, so he perfected his charcoal softening process in 1866. To this day, this method gives Jack Daniel's its incomparable smoothness and exquisiteness. In anticipation of government taxes, Mr Jack registered his distillery in 1866. He was the first to do so. So this is the oldest registered distillery in the nation.
In 1904, Mr. Jack registered his exquisite Tennessee Old No. 7 whiskey at the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 20 whiskies from around the world, only he received the World's Fair Gold Medal, which accredited his product as the best whisky in the world.
Charcoal softening is the process used to make Tennessee whiskey, like Jack Daniel's. The process consists of making the newly made whiskey pass very slowly through large containers completely filled with about 3 meters (10 feet) of saccharine maple charcoal. The process takes 10 days and during this time the whisky absorbs the essence of the charcoal, which refines the drink and gives it a unique taste and aroma.
Whisky barrels are made from American white oak because this wood has the perfect combination of compounds to create the most exquisite whisky. As the whisky ages inside the barrel, the wood contracts and expands (like everything else) according to the climatic changes in its environment. As this happens, the whisky goes in and out of the wood and the exposed combination of elements mixes with the whisky. The mixture gives the whisky a smoky taste and an amber colouring.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 100 Proof goes back to the old days of the art of distilling when whisky was created and sold in casks, each with its own flavour.
Each barrel of this selected 50%Vol. Alcohol whisky is aged in a single location in the warehouse where the flavour and colour of the whisky matures in a unique and different way.
As Single Barrel 100 Proof is a single barrel whiskey, the bottles from a single barrel differ from the rest in nuances of smell, colour and taste. To highlight this distinctive character, each bottle is hand-labelled with the batch, the barrel number and its date of bottling. A unique Single Barrel that can only be made by Jack Daniel's distillery.