About – “It’s whiskey as nature intended it—bottled straight from the barrel at its full proof. Intense, smooth, and remarkably varied, Barrel Proof is bottled at anywhere from 125 to 140-proof, taking Jack’s trademark vanilla and toasted oak flavors to bold new levels.” This particular bottle came in at 130.3 proof. It is widely available and costs between $55-$60 depending on your area.
Nose – A big blast of ethanol leads the way, as can be expected from something of this proof. Once you get past that the dominant note is of sweet apricots, caramel, and a strong oak presence.
Palate – Big caramel notes lead the charge followed by smoke, peanuts, tobacco and apricots. There is a lot going on here. The more you come back to it the more you find. The finish is long and carries on the the earthy element from the palate predominately tobacco with a touch of caramel.
Score – A
Verdict – This is not the Jack Daniel’s Black Label that the world is familiar with. This is an example of whiskey making at the highest level. I didn’t expect much coming in to this one, and was blown away with the complexity and depth found in this bottle. I will keep this on hand from now on. If you are questioning whether you should buy this bottle or not, the answer is a resounding yes.