The latest releases from Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series of experimental whiskeys, formerly known as the Tennessee Tasters’ Selection, recently debuted in the form of two barrel finished rye whiskeys.
The new Toasted Maple Barrel Rye and Toasted Barrel Finished Rye, according to those behind them, were chosen by Assistant Distiller Lexie Phillips and her husband Josh Phillips, who also works at the Distillery. Both selections are Straight Tennessee Rye Whiskeys bottled at 101-proof.
“At Jack Daniel’s,” said Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, in a prepared statement, “we take pride in controlling every aspect of the whiskey making process, from cultivating our own yeast to crafting our own barrels. Having the Jack Daniel Cooperage gives us an unmatched ability to experiment with specifications to see how different materials and techniques can impart new flavors and aromas.
“These two barrel-finished rye whiskeys are a result of that experimentation process, and we think they stand out as truly unique offerings that reflect the spirit of craft and innovation we have here at the Jack Daniel Distillery.”
Both whiskeys, of which more official details are available below, are available in 375 ml bottles for around $42 in Tennessee.
Toasted Barrel Finished Rye – Selected by Assistant Distiller Lexie Phillips
Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Toasted Barrel Finished Rye is a Straight Tennessee Rye Whiskey originally barreled Summer 2014 and then rebarreled in high-toast, no char oak barrels in October 2019. Toasted Barrel Finished Rye is bottled at 101 proof (50.5% abv) and has notes of caramel and toasted oak with layers of rye spice, molasses, and dark chocolate imparting a full body mouth feel.
Toasted Maple Barrel Rye – Selected by Taster Josh Phillips
Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Toasted Maple Barrel Rye is a Straight Tennessee Rye Whiskey originally barreled in March 2017 then finished in high-toast, no char maple barrels in September 2021. Toasted Maple Barrel Rye is bottled at 101 proof (50.5% abv) and features a sweet aroma of honey and vanilla with notes of maple, raisins, pralines, and butterscotch with a lasting finish of toasted marshmallow.