This post is not about writing, but it is about liquor, which has often been credited as fuel for writers. Please don’t drink yourself to death like Dylan Thomas or Truman Capote…
I’m not much of a Bourbon drinker. Sure, there’s usually a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old #7 in my liquor cabinet, but it’s there because Jack is an expected staple. Unlike many of the other liquors I stock regularly, I don’t often drink Jack neat. Jack isn’t bad, but it definitely lacks character compared to the single malt Scotch I’d rather have. So it just gets thrown into an Old Fashioned with Coke and ice cubes.
Enter Gentleman Jack. This “refined” choice from the Jack Daniels brand fit perfectly into my New Year’s Eve liquor budget of $30 (1L bottle from Parkhill’s Liquor in Tulsa). The bottle neck claims that this particular bourbon is “twice-mellowed.” What does that mean? Well, I didn’t know until I visited the website and learned that they pour it through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal. Twice. That sounds like an interesting process.
The flavor is quite different from the usual Jack #7. It’s much sweeter. I thought of caramel. There is a bit of spiciness, too, but it’s subdued. The body is much thicker, too, swimming around the mouth and lingering on the tongue before a smooth exit into the belly. There is a little warmth on the way down but not the burn that many liquors have. This is a whiskey that, if consumed carelessly, could get you drunk quicker than you might anticipate; it’s that smooth.
I may pair Gentleman Jack with Coke like I’ve done with #7 because its sweetness should compliment cola perfectly, but it exceeds #7 well enough that it will often go neat in my house as a sipping whiskey.