The 4 Best Bottles of Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Dominates Top-Shelf Tennessee Whiskey

Tennessee whiskies are some of the most popular whiskies in the world. The style is very specific and only two distilleries in the state of Tennessee produce it. Dominating that tight market is the famous brand Jack Daniel's, which produces the best bottles of Tennessee whiskey available.

While many people confuse Tennessee whiskey with bourbon. Tennessee whiskies go through an additional step known as the Lincoln County process in which the new make whiskey (also known as white dog) is...MORE slowly dripped through charcoal to ensure maximum smoothness.

Here are four of the best Tennessee whiskies produced by Jack Daniel's.

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    Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey
    Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. Photo Courtesy: Jack Daniel's

    Also known as Old No. 7 or simply JD, Black Label is the iconic Jack Daniels flagship whiskey. It is the bottle of Jack Daniel's that everyone knows and loves and an icon of the liquor shelf.

    Jack Daniel's does not include age statements. Instead, the distillery says that the whiskey "is ready only when our tasters say it is."

    Big vanilla and licorice flavors abound. JD drinkers are a very brand loyal group and a bottle of Black Label is always appreciated.

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    Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
    Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey. Photo courtesy: Jack Daniel's

    If Black Label is the iconic Tennessee whiskey, then Gentleman Jack is its more sophisticated and refined big brother. Initially released in 1988, Gentleman Jack was the first new bottling produced by the brand in decades.

    The whiskey used to produce Gentleman Jack is sourced from barrels resting on the lower levels of the aging house. It's most distinguishing characteristic is that instead of being charcoal mellowed once, Gentleman Jack is  mellowed twice, resulting in an eminently sippable...MORE and sophisticated whiskey.

    Buy this one for the boss, your best friend, or any women who enjoy whiskey to show them just how much you care.

    • 40% ABV (80 proof)
    • Retails for around $33/750ml bottle
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    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select

    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey
    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey. Photo Courtesy: Jack Daniel's

    Single Barrel is the perfect choice for whiskey connoisseurs. It was first introduced in 1997 and is the only single barrel whiskey from Tennessee that is available to date.

    The selected barrels are aged on the upper floors of the aging house where a drastic temperature adds to the whiskey's flavor. At 94 proof, this is a bold sipping whiskey that does well with or without ice.

    Single Barrel is a delicious surprise for regular Jack Daniels Black Label drinkers and a great way to introduce...MORE bourbon drinkers to the joys of Tennessee whiskey.

    • 47% ABV (94 proof)
    • Retails for around $60/750ml bottle
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    Jack Daniel's Green Label Tennessee Whiskey
    Jack Daniel's Green Label Tennessee Whiskey. Photo courtesy: Jack Daniel's

    Green Label has always been a cult classic among Jack Daniels enthusiasts and it is particularly popular among hunters.

    A lighter, younger version of Jack Daniels, Green Label is barreled from whiskies aged on the bottom floors of the aging house.

    Green Label is an elusive bottle of whiskey and is only available in select states in the U.S. There are frequent rumors about it being discontinued as well, yet it remains a favorite among whiskey collectors.

    Be aware that some online stores will mark up...MORE this bottle drastically and it is not uncommon to find it available for almost $100. While it is hard to find, it is also hard to justify that high of a price for this bottle.

    • 40% ABV (80 proof)
    • Retails for around $25/750ml bottle

Originally Published: December 11, 2010 Edited by Colleen Graham: October 8, 2015