This month, Jack Daniel’s added it’s first new grain recipe in over 100 years. The release of this Single Barrel Rye is probably driven by American’s purchasing more and more Rye whiskey in the last few years. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Americans spent a little over 106 million on Rye in 2014 as opposed to $15 million in 2009. With that increase we’re surprised it took Jack Daniel’s this long to release a rye, but thank god they did!
“There is a reemerging trend of rye whiskeys and we are excited to be able to give friends of Jack Daniel’s a chance to experience it,” Jeff Arnett, Jack’s Master Distiller, said in a statement announcing the brawny bottle.
Jack Daniel’s new Rye is distilled from 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley. They use the same cave spring water, yeast, and charcoal mellowing process as they do with their Tennessee Whiskey, but the design of this bottle and price will make this an instant staple.
“You never want to over-barrel a rye whiskey so it was important for us to stay true to the style with grain forward character rather than barrel character while still allowing our barrels to interplay with the whiskey,” Arnett said.