Jack Daniel's Fire
Distillery: Jack Daniel's Distillery . Lynchburg, TN
Nose: sweet candy red hots, atomic fireballs, and Hot Tamales
Palate: Sweet Cinnamon
Color: Light Amber
Notes: Labeled as a “cinnamon liqueur blended with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey”, Tennessee Fire is first and foremost a cinnamon liqueur. The nose on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is sweet candy red hots, atomic fireballs, and Hot Tamales – pure candy in a glass. Underneath the overwhelming candied cinnamon is vanilla and sugar. It takes a herculean effort for the nose to get through all that to any semblance of the whiskey below, which only reads like a faint oak note. It’s lower than a whisper and most people will never be able to get to it. The entry for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is sweet and spicy. The candied cinnamon from the nose is right there on the palate. As with the nose, there’s just not much whiskey flavor to be found in the opening. Things get spicier in the midpalate like it would be sucking on an atomic fireball candy. The midpalate is also very sweet, emphasizing just how much sugar and sweeteners have been added to the mix. It’s at the end of the midpalate that we get any sense that there’s whiskey in this liqueur, and here it reads as spicy heat more than any other flavor. It’s like getting a text message from a friend in a sports arena – you know they’re there somewhere, but you’ll be damned if you’re able to spot them. The finish is long and very sweet with the candied cinnamon gently fading on the palate.