It’s no secret I love good food and booze. I think the two can be perfectly paired to create great combinations for the palate. It’s one of the reasons I was really looking forward to returning to the United States this summer. You see, the number of alcohols one can sample is significantly greater than that in Korea. With a greater selection, one has the opportunity to create a wider range of flavors and experiences. Something I knew I’d achieve after walking in my first super market of the trip!
The above image shows just what I mean. On the right is a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Not an expensive or “great beer” by many standards, but it holds a special place in my heart and can certainly be considered to be a piece of Americana. On the left are some of my favorite whiskeys. Top is the very smooth Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Below that, my beloved Woodford Reserve Bourbon. On the bottom left is a new joy, the sweet Jack Daniel’s Honey. However on this trip, I also saw something new from that Tennessee distillery: Jack Daniel’s Green Label.
When placed with the other Jack Daniel’s products, the bottle really stands out. I wasn’t sure what made this variety different, so I decided to check it out. From the company’s website, “Jack Daniel’s Green Label is a lighter, less mature whiskey with a lighter color and character. The barrels selected for Green Label tend to be on the lower floors and more toward the center of the warehouse where the whiskey matures more slowly.” So let’s see how this stacks up against the original black label that so many are familiar with.
Jack Daniel’s Green Label Review
Before I purchased the bottle, I grabbed a black label and Jack Daniel’s Green Label to see if it really was lighter in color. The argument could be made that it is a little lighter, but not all that significantly. In fact, I really couldn’t distinguish any difference. I believe that any difference I thought I saw was me really trying to force a difference. The alcohol content is the same (40% ABV) and shares the same aroma of its more mature cousin.
Sampling the Green Label whiskey also revealed a slight difference in taste. Many of the elements that makes Jack Daniel’s a good whiskey are here, but the flavor is just a little lighter. I found the change enjoyable. Since both the original and black label usually sell for the same price, alternating between the two might should be considered as a way to change things up.