Jack Daniel’s 10 Year Batch 3 Review

“Jack Daniel’s Aged Series”

In 2022 the Jack Daniel’s Aged Series was introduced with the advent of the Jack Daniel’s 10 year batch 01. Now, in 2024 they have released batch 03 of the 10 year, and batch 02 of the 12 year. Both are now slotted to be an annual, ongoing release, with the 10 year locked in at 97 proof. So with that introduction, I’ll pour a Glencairn and get to work on the Jack Daniel’s 10 Year Batch 02 review.

Series: Jack Daniel’s Aged Series
Classification: Tennessee Whiskey
Age: 10 years
Proof: 97
Proof Designation: na
Filtered Status: Non-Chill Filtered
Special Process: Lincoln County Process
Mash bill: 80% Corn, 8% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Barrel Char Level: ??
Barrel Entry Proof: 125
Distillate Source: Jack Daniel Distillery
Distillery: Jack Daniel Distillery
Company: Brown–Forman Corporation
Bottled By: Jack Daniel Distillery
Distilled/Aging Location: Lynchburg, Tennessee
Master Distiller: Chris Fletcher
Release Date: February 2024
MSRP: $85 (2024)
Secondary Market: $150 – $350
Availability: Low/Rare

Jack Daniel's 10 year Batch 3 review
Jack Daniel’s 10 Year Batch 3 Review

My tasting reviews are unique in that I include the notes of several well-known whiskey critics. The hope is that this format will help me and others to explore and expand their tasting experience. After you have taken your own tasting notes, read the reviews and see if there is a flavor note that others discerned that now you can detect as well.

Legs

The beads began to form on the crown after 6 seconds, the legs started to form at about 13 seconds, and the first legs reached the bowl at about 28 seconds.

Nose

Ethanol, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, maple syrup, fig, leather, barrel char, maybe a hint of apple pie. The nose is inviting… semi-sweet with hints of baking spice.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Aged oak funk up front | Leather | Brown sugar | Caramel | Maple syrup

Fred Minnick: Brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, caramel, roasted almonds. It smells amazing.

The Whiskey Wash: The aromatics of this are rich in corn and vanilla, reflecting a sweet note right off the bat that’s supplemented by cinnamon, oak, a touch of almonds, and a little tiny raisin.

Palate

Barrel char and baking spices hit first, then sweetness from mild caramel, brown sugar, graham cracker, a hint of banana, some black pepper heat, barrel char, leather, tobacco, a hint of sweet apple. The balance is disappointing as flavors rather chaotically skip or bounce from one to another, rather than flow together as a complex dance.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Rich aged oak | Waffle cone | Maple sugar candy | Caramel | Dark fruits | Allspice | Perfectly balanced

Fred Minnick: The palate is very different than the nose. Dominant roasted almonds, chocolate, banana, a cherry note.

The Whiskey Wash: This drinks like what one envisions a decade-old Jack Daniel’s does – mature notes of vanilla, buttered popcorn, a hint of spice, oak, cinnamon, brown sugar, a maple nudge, and some almonds.

Finish

Medium finish with caramelize, almost burnt brown sugar, some vanilla, barrel char and baking spices.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Persistent aged oak undertone | Light spice | Graham cracker | Brown sugar | Leather | Tobacco | Lingering sweetness

Fred Minnick: Nothing more to add. A medium long finish with a hint of black pepper.

The Whiskey Wash: The finish on this is just okay. It smashes together some sweetness on the back palate before fading away flatly.

With Jack Daniel’s 10-Year-Old Batch 3, I do want to like this, I really do, but the finish kicks it a bit to the curb for me. It isn’t a horrible drink; it’s just not one I’m that in love with.

Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel is silken, lightly coating the tongue.

The Burn

3 out of 5. This means that the burn from the alcohol is about what I would expect it to be. I would guess this to be around 95 – 100 proof.

Tasting Summary

The palate seems unbalanced as it bounces between sweet, spicy, and char while never actually evening out so as to enjoy any of those flavors. It’s like a pinball machine of various flavors bouncing around…not intricate or complex, but a bit chaotic. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just not especially good either.

My Rating

The higher the score the better the whiskey is in my opinion. For reference, my best rated bottle so far is the George T. Stagg 2022 (138.7p) with a score of 9.7.

Score TypeScoreExamples
Likability Score6.71.0 – 10.0
Availability Score21-Rare, 2-Hard to Find, 3-A Little Hunting, 4-Easy to Find
6.0 – 6.9: Good enough to try in a bar, but perhaps not worth the cost to put on the shelf, unless it’s under $60.
7.0 – 7.9: A good pour, but probably not worth more than MSRP.
8.0 – 8.9: Solid! Add it to the shelf. It’s worth paying a reasonable After Mkt price.
9.0 – 10: Oh my God! I’ll pay what I can afford to spend (or whatever my top limit is).
My Tasting Notes

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