There are many similarities between Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey and bourbon. Both contain at least 51 percent corn mash. Both contain pure spring water with no coloring or flavoring. Both are aged in charred new oak barrels. Both have Scotch whisky makers clamoring for their used barrels.
So, what's the difference? Gentleman Jack separates itself with its proprietary charcoal filtering, also called the Lincoln County Process, charcoal mellowing or The Extra Blessing. The charcoal is made in-house from hard sugar maple doused in un-aged whiskey and then set ablaze. The 2,000-degree fire produces the perfect filter. Clear, un-aged 140 proof new distillate spends a week passing through this charcoal.
As the whiskey ages in the barn, the barrels at the top experience a greater variation in temperature. It's the daily shift from hot to cold that opens and closes the pores in the wood, allowing the spirit to breath and take on flavor. The barrels deemed most exceptional receive a second charcoal mellowing. These are destined to become Gentleman Jack.
How's the result? The nose is of light oak, dried apple and maple. On the tongue, it delivers sweet vanilla, grilled peach and red apple. The finish is of toasted oak at first, developing into light fruit and floral honey.
If you want to treat yourself, replace the regular Jack at your home bar with Gentleman Jack. It deserves to sit proudly with the best offerings from Kentucky, Scotland, Ireland and Canada.
It's a true easy sippin' whiskey. It needs little more than a little ice and a chair. You could opt, however, for a Perfect Manhattan. We're not being perfectionists. "Perfect" simply means equal parts sweet and dry vermouth. Add a quarter ounce of each with a dash of bitters to two ounces of Gentleman Jack. Shake it, strain it and finish with a lemon twist. For a sweeter touch, try a Jack's Bagpipe. Add two parts Gentleman Jack to one-part butterscotch schnapps in a Collins glass with ice. Top it with ginger ale. On a hot southern evening, nothing is finer.
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