Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select
Jack Daniel's // Tennessee, USA
With a price tag north of $150, you have to be a die-hard fan of Ol’ Blue Eyes to justify the ring-a-ding-ding you'll shell out for this commemorative bottle. That said, the juice was designed to reflect the Rat Pack-Era whiskey that Sinatra fell in love with and I can see why. The secret is the use of "Sinatra Barrels”: charred American oak barrels with concentric grooves scored from top to bottom that expose the distillate to a greater surface area of both charred and virgin wood. Aged, blended with selected barrels of JD No. 7, and bottled at 90-proof (just like in Sinatra's day), the higher octane and extra oak make this a much bigger and more interesting version of the highest-selling whiskey in America. I wish they made it that way all of the time...for a third of the price.
TennesseeProduced in Tennessee; mash grain at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels; filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Honey, applejack and ripe peaches on the nose, but it's on the palate that the Sinatra barrel makes itself known. The distillery says that the grooves in the barrel double the surface area, which is evident from the get-go. On-the-stove caramel, vanilla and peppery smoke prevail. The extra sweetness is balanced nicely by the higher proof. This is a smokier, bigger and bolder Jack; I can see why Sinatra wanted to be buried with it. "