The Best Jack Daniel's Whiskey

There's a whole lot more than the classic Old No. 7

Whiskey Tasting
Marianna Massey / Getty Images

Tennessee whiskeys are some of the most popular whiskeys 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 popular brand Jack Daniel's, which produces some of the best bottles of Tennessee-style whiskey available. 

While many people confuse Tennessee whiskey with bourbon, Tennessee whiskeys go through an additional step known as the Lincoln County process in which the whiskey (also known as white dog) is slowly dripped through charcoal to ensure maximum smoothness. Want a taste? We found eight of the best Tennessee-style whiskeys produced by Jack Daniel's.

  • 01 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Old No. 7

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

    Old No. 7 or simply JD, Black Label is the iconic Jack Daniel's flagship whiskey. With a 40 percent ABV and 80 proof, this is the whiskey bottle that almost everyone knows and loves and is an icon of the liquor shelf.

    Jack Daniel's does not include age statements on this bottle. 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.

  • 02 of 08

    Gentleman Jack

    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. Its most distinguishing characteristic is that instead of being charcoal mellowed once, Gentleman Jack is mellowed twice, resulting in an eminently sippable and sophisticated whiskey at 40 percent ABV and 80 proof.

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

  • 03 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Rye Whiskey

    Crafted with a 70 percent grain bill, local spring water, and Jack Daniel's unique charcoal mellowing process, you won't find this rye-style whiskey anywhere else.

    As a result of this unique process, this rye is spicy and complex, while still owning the unique original whiskey's taste. Slightly stronger than the original whiskey, this rye has a 45 percent ABV and is 90 Proof.

  • 04 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select

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

    A bottle from Jack Daniel's Single Barrel collection is the perfect choice for whiskey connoisseurs. The first, Single Barrel Select, was first introduced in 1997. 

    The selected barrels are aged on the upper floors of the aging house where a drastic temperature adds to the whiskey's flavor. At 47 percent ABV and 94 proof, this is a bold sipping whiskey that does well with or without ice.

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

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye

    This bottle from the Single Barrel collection features all the smoothness of Jack Daniel's with a unique 70 percent grain bill.

    This big and bold rye is 94 proof, has a 47 percent ABV, and features complex notes of ripe fruit and toasted oak for a delicious flavor that doesn't overpower. 

  • 06 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof

    This full proof barrel-aged whiskey is intense, smooth, and takes Jack Daniel's classic malty flavor to bold new levels. 

    Often bottled anywhere from 125 to 140 proof and a 66 percent ABV, this bottle also packs quite the punch.

  • 07 of 08

    Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 100 Proof

    This bottle of the Single Barrel collection has a 50 percent ABV and is bottled and bond right at 100 proof so whiskey fans can enjoy its full depth and flavor. However, this high-end selection is limited as it's only available in select duty-free airports around the world.

  • 08 of 08

    Jack Daniels Green Label

    Jack Daniel's Green Label Tennessee Whiskey
    Photo courtesy: Jack Daniel's

    Green Label has always been a cult classic among Jack Daniel's enthusiasts and it is particularly popular among hunters. A lighter, younger version of the original whiskey, Green Label is 80 proof, has 40 percent ABV, and it is barreled from whiskeys 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 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.