|Composition||80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley|
|Aged||Around 5 years|
The Art of Making
Gentleman Jack’s smooth flavor comes from aging twice in charred white oak barrels. This process helps pull out the natural sweetness and smoky notes that make this whiskey so delicious. The first aging process takes place in new, handcrafted American Oak barrels which give the whiskey its deep-amber color. After four years, the whiskey is then “double-barreled”—transferred to another set of used barrels—where it ages for another year or two. During this time, the whiskey takes on additional hints of oak and vanilla flavors that help round out its flavor profile.
The Charcoal Mellowing Process
In addition to aging in oak barrels, Gentleman Jack goes through an additional charcoal mellowing process that sets it apart from other whiskeys on the market. This unique step uses 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal to filter out impurities and fine-tune its flavor profile by adding subtle sweetness and smokiness to its taste. The result is a smooth and flavorful spirit with notes of caramel, roasted nuts, and dried fruit that come together in perfect harmony.
Blending & Bottling
Once all the flavors are just right, it’s time to blend and bottle! Gentleman Jack is blended with pure spring water before being bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). Each batch is inspected for quality control and each bottle is proudly marked with its own batch number before being shipped off to retailers around the world.
NOSE: By removing the oily char character, this bourbon has taken on a more traditional flavor of caramel and vanilla with an unmistakable nuttiness. Subtle hints of pepper, brown sugar, maple, cinnamon and even fruit can be detected in its complexity – making it as delicious to sip as it is delightful to savor.
PALATE: With a notable lack of oiliness and more control than Old No. 7, this spirit is wonderfully warm with only the gentlest burn.
FINISH: The caramel corn treats my taste buds to a sour vanilla that reminds me of the most delicious vanilla yogurt, culminating in a rich oak finish.
A Tale of Two Jacks: The Story of Gentleman Jack Whiskey
Gentleman Jack was introduced to the market in 1988 by master distiller Jim Beam and his son, Jeff. It is a blend of two different whiskeys that have been aged for many years in oak barrels. The first is a base whiskey made from 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye grain. This base whiskey is then carefully blended with a second whiskey made from a mash bill of 90% corn and 10% malted barley. Finally, both whiskeys are filtered through maple charcoal before being bottled at 40% alcohol by volume (ABV).
The name “Gentleman Jack” was chosen to honor the spirit’s namesake—Jack Daniel himself—and his commitment to quality and craftsmanship in distilling exceptional spirits. The label features a portrait of Jack Daniel himself, along with his quote “Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.” In addition to honoring Mr. Daniel’s legacy, Gentleman Jack also serves as an excellent introduction for new drinkers who are just beginning to explore the world of whiskies.
Refresh your Cocktail Menu With Gentleman Jack
The Southside Fizz
For this twist on an old classic, you’ll need 1.5 ounces of Gentleman Jack, 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, 4-6 mint leaves, 2 ounces of soda water and one lemon slice for garnish. Start by muddling the mint leaves in a shaker tin with the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add in your Gentleman Jack and ice then shake it all together until combined. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and top off with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!
The next cocktail is sure to be a crowd pleaser – The Gentleman Flip! You’ll need 2 ounces of Gentleman Jack, 1/2 ounce of heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoonful of sugar or simple syrup, two dashes Angostura bitters and one egg yolk (optional). If you are using an egg yolk combine it with the other ingredients in the shaker tin before adding in your ice cubes and shaking it all together vigorously. For those who don’t want to use an egg yolk can skip that step entirely. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice cubes or even coffee beans if you’d like! Give it all one more quick stir before serving. Yum!
Jack & Cola
Last but not least we have our favorite – The Jack & Cola! This classic combination is easy to make but always tastes great no matter what occasion you are celebrating! All you need is 3 ounces of cola (or ginger ale), 2 ounces of Gentleman Jack and one lime wedge for garnish if desired. Pour both liquids into an ice-filled glass then give everything a quick stir before serving up your tasty concoction. Don’t forget that lime wedge if you’re feeling extra festive!
If you’re looking for a smooth sipper that has all of the richness of traditional whiskey but none of the harshness or aftertaste, then Gentleman Jack should be your go-to spirit! This unique double mellowed version of Original No. 7 provides an enjoyable drinking experience that will please even the most discerning palates—not to mention it adds class and sophistication to any home bar setup! So raise your glass high with this timeless classic—here’s to success! Cheers!