Fans of ridiculously loud whiskey take notice, as Jack Daniel’s has just released the highest version in Old No. 7 history.
Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof was originally published last fall as a single barrel expression. But this summer, around 55 barrels that had an extraordinary level of angel share (evaporation of whiskey as it ages) and were deemed unsuitable for single-barrel release were pooled together for this rocket fuel from a whisky. These barrels were all aged in the upper levels of the Coy Hill warehouses, located at the highest elevation on the distillery grounds.
While the original single barrel version ranged between approximately 137 and 148 proof, this new limited edition Tennessee whiskey has been grouped at five different proof points: 143.6, 147.3, 149.8, 153.2 and 155.1. The mashbill is the same Jack Daniel’s recipe as Old No. 7: 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye. The whiskey comes in smaller 375ml bottles that will be available throughout Tennessee and at the Distillery Shop for $55.
Robb Report was able to taste the second highest proof (153.2/76.6% ABV), and it’s a powerful whiskey. The color is a deep reddish brown with a copper sheen. The nose is ripe with alcohol, although hints of brown sugar and caramel also stand out. Your whole palate is immediately warmed when you take a sip, but Jack Daniel’s signature banana note still shines through, along with baked apple, cinnamon and spiced pear. A splash of water is welcome here, also bringing in vanilla, butterscotch and charred oak.
“When we found these casks in our Coy Hill barrels, we immediately knew we had something special. But due to the very low yield and incredibly high indices, we had to get creative with how we have been bottling these final drops,” Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher said in a statement. “We have grouped the casks together to create unique five-point test profiles that highlight the characteristics of this special liquid and developed a new higher compression plug specifically designed for this expression.”
On that last point, a rep for Jack Daniel’s said that Coy Hill’s original release proof was so high that the vapers could literally push the plug. This newly designed cap should solve this problem, but it is suggested to keep the bottle upright at all times, outside of pouring, just to be safe.