Bottled at Bond. Jack Daniel’s first addition to the permanent line in 25 years.
The Jack Daniel Distillery has added the first permanent new expression of its Tennessee Whiskey in 25 years: Bonded.
As stipulated by the United States Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, a bound whisky:
- must be distilled by a single distiller during the same season,
- matured in a government bonded warehouse for at least four years and
- bottled at 100 proof – (or 50 percent ABV in Australia).
“Bottled in Bond” is a guarantee of authenticity of a whisky: consumers know where it is made and who made it. And distillers only pay tax on the whiskey when it leaves that bonded warehouse and is bottled, labeled and ready to be shipped and sold around the world.
Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller, Chris Fletcher, explained: “Regulations require disclosure of provenance and we are proud of our heritage. Every drop of whiskey is made right here in Lynchburg.
It’s a rich heritage and it really hits home in Australia, we’ve only been making whiskey for thirty years. By contrast, Jack Daniel’s distillery has weathered some pretty serious storms as the first registered distillery in the United States in 1866. Jack Daniel’s production was only halted three times: during Prohibition, World War I, and when the grain was not up to par. scratch. Pretty major.
So this latest innovation from Jack Daniel’s comes from a long line of rich histories and whiskey making. Mr. Fletcher describes Bonded as a “big, bold, single-barrel expression; a “spirit forward” liquid that works well neat or in a cocktail.
He has worked at the Jack Daniel distillery since 2001 and his grandfather, Frank Thomas Bobo, was the chief distiller from 1966 to 1989. His grandmother, Avalee Reed Bobo, also worked there.
When asked what he thought Jack Daniel and his dad would think of Bonded, he replied: “I’d like to think there’s a few guys in this paradise who look down on us and smile with pride. “
Just to clarify, Jack Daniel’s makes Tennessee Whiskey, not Bourbon.
“All Tennessee Whiskey is Bourbon, but not all Bourbon is Tennessee Whiskey,” says Fletcher.
Bourbon must be:
- Made in the USA.
- Made with at least 51% mashed corn
- Distilled to no more than 40 percent ABV
- Loaded in new American oak cask at no more than 62.5% ABV
- The only additive can be water to decrease the ABV if necessary
- It must age at least two years.
Jack Daniel’s Bonded is made with the original recipe of 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye and has that higher ABV that packs a little extra punch into a cocktail.
What differentiates Tennessee Whiskey from Bourbon is that the new make spirit – the first clear liquid – is filtered with maple charcoal (carbon) before being aged in barrels. Maple charcoal is also made on site. The new build passes through the carbon for 7 to 12 days, which Fletcher says removes the fat from the corn, stabilizes it and brings out the fruitier flavors of the new build.
The idea of an avant-garde, big and bold spirit liquid emerged with the global growth of cocktail culture.
Mr. Fletcher says, “Our history and heritage co-exist with a culture of innovation and research at our distillery. Years of work and thought went into creating Bonded and I’m excited to see what the people behind the bar can do with it.
At Maybe Sammy’s in Sydney last week, Drinks Trade were treated to a Lynchburg lemonade on arrival – delicious, refreshing and went down the hatch very easily – while the Hound Dog Whiskey Sour (pictured above right) and Uptown Manhattan were also a hit with those invited to celebrate the new release.
For one of the biggest brands and with sales in over 170 countries, it seems certain that there will be a surge in popularity for Manhattans and Whiskey Sours in cocktail bars around the world.