Look What I Found! Jack Daniel’s Green Label

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!

Jack Daniels - Review - QiRanger

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.

  • http://twitter.com/HoiKwon 권회엽 Hoi Kwon

    I will definitely try the green label!! I would have hoped for a lower alcohol contents but lighter whiskey definitely sounds like my kind of drink.

  • Jock Cross

    To my taste the Green label is much less cloying Less sweet has similar taste but less initial bite to it I prefer it I never have much like Old No7 Black ut the Silver select is worth drinking . Haven’t tried single barrel but hear some rather disappointing remarks — Gentleman Jack is well ok but. I’ve had better. It’s smooth and easy drinking.

    • qiranger

      I usually find that Jack Single takes a little getting used to. I really do enjoy the richness of its flavor. The Green was amazing!

  • Sociodoc01 in Miami

    I’m having a Manhattan with the Green right now – nice stuff!  I too, prefer it to the regular JD Black…

    I have a Korea-oriented question:  one of my favorite scotches is J&B J.E.T., and I’ve been told that South Korea is one of the only places that it’s still available – that, in fact, it’s quite popular there.  Do you know if this is true?  Have you seen it in the liquor stores there (it’s the cool looking black bottle with the J&B in red)?  Thanks for any info. you can provide!

    • qiranger

      Thanks for stopping by! I miss that Green Label!!!

      Is it available? Yes. I see it all the time in the markets.

      Is it popular? That’s hard to say. I’d say the two most popular brands are Imperial and Windsor. Then followed by Ballentine’s and Scotch Blue. Then probably Chivas.

      Hope that helps!

      • Sociodoc01 in Miami

        True that! Thanks for the quick response! I’d be willing to do some sort of mutual swap if you’re ever in need of something from the States that you can’t get over there and could send me a J&B JET.  Right now I’m working on a 1.75 litre that I bought from back inventory of a local liquor store a couple of years ago… it’s still good but there’s a bit of oxidation that’s seeped in…  Cheers!

  • R C

    Had trouble finding Green Label. When found only half pint. Have not tasted since leaving Japan in 1961. The half pint brought back fond memories. Still great taste. Left me wanting more. I’m in CA. ONLY market I find is in NY & NJ. I CANT AFORD A TRIP THERE. Sure would like to find local store in So. Cal.

  • Duke of Wellington

    I drink Pabst and green label every day, no better combo!

  • Chris Eu

    Have tried the Green Label Jack and can confirm that it is indeed much more enjoyable than the Black Label. Like Steve said, much less sweet and not as syrupy, great for making cocktails and i’d imagine a whisky sour with this would be a think of beauty. Really great for easy drinking even neat. A very underrated bourbon in my opinion.