This is a single barrel Jack Daniels rye expression from Brown-Forman that was introduced this year. It’s bottled at 47% ABV and NAS (thought to be around 4 years old).
Nose: Weird, but interesting. The rye notes are there coming off as freshly milled rye grain, but that super sweet banana Brown-Forman signature is still there (and quite strong). Not used to nosing a very, very sweet rye – in this case the sugary/candy bananas overshadow the rye to a degree.
Palate: Banana candies, eucalyptus, gingerbread, rye getting stronger after the first sip adding some nice spice with a perfectly balanced oak alongside it.
Finish: Rye really shines here with some banana cream pie in the background.
Rating: 85/100 – I don’t want to describe this as a novelty rye, but it really sort of is with how sweet and fruity it is. Every once in awhile I’ll find a rye that has some mild fruits, but this is on another level which makes this pretty unique in the world of single barrel ryes. If you don’t like sweeter notes in your ryes though, I’d probably stay away from this one.
Value for the money: These retail around $50, and I think that’s a pretty fair price for what you get – you could argue it really belongs closer to $35-$40, but I think $50 is still ok. I wouldn’t go much higher than that though.