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Review: Jack Daniel’s just released their toughest whiskey ever

What we drink: Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof

Where is that from : Jack Daniel’s, the Tennessee whiskey giant that released its first high-strength Coy Hill version in winter

Why we drink this: Master Distiller Chris Fletcher recently spoke to us about the path of innovation taken by Jack Daniel’s lately. This has resulted in the return of aged whiskeys, an excellent (and permanent) range of Bottled-in-Bond versions and, now, an even stronger version of the already potent Coy Hill version that was only released about seven months. prior.

The Coy Hill version is dark in color and brings a unique whiskey warmth.

Kirk Miller

How does this differ from the first version? Apparently, when bottling the Single Barrel Special Release 2021 Coy Hill High Proof, around 55 barrels were found where the angel’s share (whiskey lost due to evaporation) was so high that the liquid at the interior could not be bottled as Single Barrel selections.

Instead, these casks were pooled together to create this Small Batch Special Release Coy High Proof, comprising five batches at 143.6, 147.3, 149.8, 153.2 and 155.1 proof – the most resisters never out of Jack Daniel’s.

“We grouped the barrels together to create unique five point proof profiles highlighting the characteristics of this special liquid and developed a new higher compression cork specifically designed for this expression,” said Fletcher (more than information on this cork in a minute).

Let’s dig. Thoroughly.

How it tastes: Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof has the standard JD mash bill of 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye, and ranges from 143.6 to 155.1 proof (71.8 % to 77.55% ABV). We are looking at proof version 153.2.

Extremely dark in color (I would call it opaque amber), the nose is powerful with dark fruit, sultanas, oak and brown sugar. Approach slowly. It’s a spicy number on the first sip, with notes of molasses, oak, dark fruit and even a bit of arctic char. Although it lingers on the mid-palate, there is only a slight warmth on the finish. A few drops of water bring out more notes of caramel and a hint of banana. Even an ice cube didn’t tame this one too much.

Overall, it’s a very, very concentrated flavor. Even with a few sips, a pleasant warmth persists in the mouth. I may like it more in idea than in execution, but I will say there is real flavor here. It reminds me of being in a rickhouse and getting a one barrel sample on a 100 degree day. Pleasant warmth, best appreciated in a little pour at the end of a summer night (take a shower afterwards – if you’re anything like me, this one will make you sweat).

Fun fact: Like the last version, this one comes with a warning: “Due to the high resistance of the barrel, the bottle must remain upright at all times, unless it is poured into a glass.” And a new cap was designed because, as Fletcher told us last year, for anything over 150 proofs, the high-strength vapors would build up and eventually push the cap out of the bottle.

Where to buy it: These 375ml bottles will be available in very limited quantities in Tennessee and at the White Rabbit Bottle Shop at Jack Daniel’s Distillery beginning July 1 for a suggested retail price of $55.