Gentleman Jack is an American Tennessee Whiskey from the house of Jack Daniel’s, one of the world’s biggest and bestselling American whiskey brands. Released in 1988, it has risen tremendously in terms of popularity in recent times.
It is one of the few variety expressions offered by the Jack Daniel’s brand, and uses the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 as the fingerprint whiskey before undergoing a double charcoal mellowing process that offers it the distinct smoothness.
The history of Jack Daniel’s begins in the county of Moore, city of Lynchburg, Tennessee in the year 1866, although some dispute exists regarding the official year of establishment with some claiming the Jack Daniel’s brand wasn’t established until 1875.
Founder Jack Daniel established the brand after he spent his early years at the family farm of his mentor, Dan Call and learned the art and techniques of whisky making from Nearest Green, an enslaved man who worked at the Call farm.
Over the years, Jack Daniel and Nearest Green continued to distill whisky at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery as the company began using the now iconic square shaped bottles in 1897. By 1904, the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey had begun to attain some popularity as it won the Gold medal at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.
After Jack Daniel passed away due to a freak injury that would eventually take his life, his beloved nephew Lem Motlow, whom he had taken under his wing and had put in charge of bookkeeping at the distillery was put in charge of the business. Motlow would go on to head the business for the next 40 years, guiding the company through Prohibition and the Second World War.
After Motlow’s passing, he passed the reins of the company to his five children in 1947, as the company eventually underwent another change in ownership after it was acquired by the Brown-Forman Corporation in 1956.
Jack Daniel’s successfully transformed itself from a brand of whiskey to a cultural icon in the United States of America, and now occupies an important space in the country’s history. The Old No. 7 is Jack Daniel’s oldest and most popular drink, although the company has released other special and limited edition bottlings from time to time. Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford is credited with creating the Gentleman Jack.
Other Jack Daniel’s whiskeys are Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel Collection, and ; liqueurs such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and limited edition releases such as Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select.
The Gentleman Jack is prepared in the same way as the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 beginning with a mash that is made up of 80% Corn, 12% Barley and 8% Rye. The mash is fermented, distilled and then prepared for charcoal filtration which is known as the Lincoln Country Process.
The unique charcoal filtration process that Jack Daniel’s whiskies undergo involved burning a stack of sugar maple pallets are sprayed with raw Jack Daniel’s whiskey and set ablaze. The resulting charcoal pellets are then stacked up in a large drum, as the distilled spirit is then slowly dripped through the pellets over a period of 3-5 days.
The process of preparing the Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 stops here, although what sets the Gentleman Jack apart from other Jack Daniel’s bottlings is that it undergoes this process twice. Once before it is filled into a barrel, and once after the maturation process is completed.
This makes the Gentleman Jack an exceptionally smooth, and mellow. It was first released by the brand in 1988, and was one of the first other releases from the house of Jack Daniel’s.
Gentleman Jack carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV/80 US Proof, the standard limit for American Bourbon whiskies as specified by law although Jack Daniel’s whiskies are classified as a Tennessee Whiskey.
Gentleman Jack has not won any major awards at whisky tasting competitions.
19th December 2016http://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/whiskey/gentleman-jack
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