Jack Daniel’s is a common name amongst Filipinos when it comes to premium quality whiskey. Available in most clubs and bars across the country, Jack Daniel’s wide selection of whiskies has been in the centre of the Philippines' nightlife. Read more about Jack Daniel's collection of whiskies and how they are exquisitely produced to provide the best taste and texture to the drinker’s palate here.

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Jack Daniel’s’ Collection of Premium Whiskey

When whiskeys are mentioned, one of the first – if not the first – name that will come to mind is Jack Daniel’s. Jack Daniel’s has built a solid reputation in the Philippines and around the world as the go-to brand for premium whiskey. The brand is dedicated to producing tasteful whiskey for over 150 years since founder Jasper Newton (often known as Jack) Daniel introduced his signature charcoal-mellowed Old No.7 to the world in 1866. The main characters that are featured in Jack Daniel’s’ inventory are as mentioned below.

Old No. 7

The spirit that started it all, Old No.7 is the first whiskey that was introduced by the brand and is still well-loved even today. The Old No.7 has survived the tests of time because the company still produces it the way Jack Daniel’s himself did over a century ago instead of opting for conventional methods. The beverage is created by mellowing the solution drop by drop through 10-feet of sugar maple charcoal, then maturing it in the company’s handcrafted barrels to ensure quality is maintained. There is no specific timeline for the maturing process; it is ready when the company’s experts say it’s ready, through aroma and taste.

Sinatra Select

The Sinatra Select is Jack’s tribute to one of the most iconic musicians of all time and a big fan of Jack Daniel’s – the legendary Frank Sinatra. The Sinatra Select is made with customised “Sinatra Barrels” that have deep grooves specially carved into their staves expose the whiskey to extra layers of toasted oak, punctuating a deep oaky flavour into the spirit. The result: A rich amber colour solution with a pleasant smokiness and a smooth vanilla finish. Much like Frank Sinatra, this whiskey is bold and one of a kind.

Gentleman Jack

Drawing inspiration from the company’s founder and original distiller who was a true gentleman by nature, Gentleman Jack undergoes the charcoal mellowing process twice to achieve smoothness like no other. The double-mellowed Gentleman Jack gives off a balanced flavour of oak with notes of caramel and vanilla is perfect for celebrating life’s best occasions.

Tennessee Honey

The Tennessee Honey is a blend of Jack Daniel’s signature Old No.7 mixed with a honey liqueur made from real honey to produce a one-of-a-kind taste that is distinctive and cannot be replicated. With hints of honey and a smooth finish, the Tennessee Honey carries a tinge of sweetness that is not overwhelming and blends in well with the oaky flavour of the original Tennessee whiskey.

Tennessee Fire

Although adding alcohol to fire is not necessarily the best idea, Jack Daniel’s begs to differ. The Tennessee Fire Whiskey is created from this combination – blending red-hot cinnamon liqueur with the smooth and oaky flavours of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7. The mixture creates a classic spirit with a fiery, refreshing finish to add sparks to your night.

What is Whiskey?

Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from grain mash that has been fermented. Various grains are used to create whiskeys of different varieties. Common grains used include barley, corn (maize), rye, and wheat. Similarities that unify the different classes and types of whiskeys are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wooden barrels.

How Jack Daniel’s Whiskeys Are Made

To fully comprehend the quality of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, you need to get an insight of the entire production process that the company adopts to turn the water from Tennessee’s springs into the brand’s signature whiskey choices.

Deriving the Base Ingredient

Jack Daniel’s not-so-secret base ingredient to all their whiskeys is limestone spring water that is derived from the depths of Cave Spring Hollow in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Every bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey sold around in this world is made with the water collected from this source. Drawing 800 gallons of water from miles beneath the Earth’s surface per minute, the water is crisp, cool, and unpolluted. The cave’s layers of limestone impart a variety of natural minerals into the water but more importantly, they remove iron from the water – a mineral that is horrible to make whiskey with.

Crafting the Charcoal for Mellowing

As aforementioned, Jack Daniel’s whiskeys go through the charcoal mellowing process to produce the smooth Tennessee Whiskey that Jack Daniel’s is known for. At the Jack Daniel Distillery, pallets of hard sugar maple wood are stacked and doused with raw unaged whiskey, which is then set on fire. After the fire burns down into smouldering embers, the pellets are then raked over until they are cool and ready to slowly mellow the Tennessee Whiskey.

The Distillation Process

Jack Daniel’s whiskey is made with the founder’s mash recipe consisting of corn, rye, and barley which the company has not changed until today. Jack’s mixture is a combination of 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye. The corn gives the mash a pleasant sweetness, while the rye complements the sweetness with robust notes of pepper and spice. The malt brings a creamy smoothness to the concoction.

The distillation process begins by mixing these grains with the iron-free water. Then a little bit of starter mash is added to the mixture for consistent, quality whiskey. Then the whiskey is distilled by vaporising and condensing the solution.

Mellowing the Whiskey

Once distilled to 140-proof, the clear, unaged whiskey is sent on a painstaking one-week journey to be mellowed through 10 feet of charcoal for additional smoothness. Drop by drop, the whiskey is mellowed with the company’s handcrafted charcoal. This extra step is what makes the brand’s whiskey to possess the smoothness that is distinctive from the rest.

Storing and Maturing Process

Once the whiskey has been mellowed, it is stored in Jack Daniel’s handmade barrels. The company emphasises on making their own barrels because the barrels are not just a container for storing; they are also an ingredient that adds an oaky flavour and rich amber colour to the whiskey. Once the whiskey has been stored in the barrels, they will be left undisturbed to mature. There is no specific timeline to the maturity process; it is deemed ready for bottling when Jack Daniel’s team of accomplished whiskey tasters samples the whiskey and determines that the taste is right.

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