The flavors start off with a lot of caramel, ripe banana, a bite of gala apple, vanilla, oak, and cinnamon. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof is big on flavor with a solid kick, with the heat coming in way less hot than EH Taylor Barrel Proof at 65.15%.
“Chewing” brings more caramel, honey, roasted banana, apple, vanilla, roasted oak, just a little dough, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a little spiced and candied walnut. The apple and banana notes especially become more pronounced with “chewing, and the flavors lean a little darker from the caramel, roasted banana, and oak. The alcohol still feels right, but can still bite at times. I do have one knock on Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof though. While it offers a big wave of flavor all at once, and I certainly enjoy that, it doesn’t ever really evolve or get better over time, so the flavors lack complexity. It’s very good still , but doesn’t wow me.
The finish has brighter honey, apple, banana, oak tannins, cinnamon, and mint. The banana notes really linger for a while, making this a banana-forward finish. After “chewing”, the finish has more lingering alcohol with caramel, vanilla, banana, citrus, oak, and cinnamon. Over time, it turns into honeyed citrus, banana, and just a little vegetal banana peel. The forward banana notes are very on-profile for Jack Daniel’s and Brown Forman.