As with Old No. 7, the distillate used to make Gentleman Jack is slow-dripped through 10 feet (3m) of densely packed hard sugar maple charcoal over 3 days before aging in new American white oak casks. Gentleman Jack repeats this 'mellowing' process a second time but through just 3 feet of charcoal..
for minutes rather than days.
The Gentleman Jack filtering vats require filling with fresh charcoal more regularly and this frequency is determined by a panel of whiskey tasters. Interestingly, 'Mr. Jack' is said to have experimented with this system of double filtration, but claims that his notes to this effect are still held at the distillery are sadly untrue.
When Gentleman Jack was first introduced to the U.S. in 1988 it was packaged in a 12-sided bottle, modelled on a decanter designed by Jack to commemorate the gold medal his whiskey won at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. The now familiar rectangular flask bottle with straight sides, bevelled corners and minimalistic labelling was intruded in 2006/7 and as well as being contemporary, better fits the Jack Daniel's family of products. Apart from the packaging, the only difference between this and regular Jack Daniel's is that Gentleman is charcoal mellowed twice as described above.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 21/07/2012
Clear, golden amber.
Light butterscotch, vanilla and caramel.
Vanillered, silky, buttery palate with caramel and faint berry fruit notes.
Soft buttery finish has little oak.
This ultra mellow Jack will appeal to those who like their whiskey easy. Seasoned palates may find it lacks punch and depth of flavour.