To stay on the same topic of disliking something first and liking it whenever you try it again, Hans Offringa was slightly offended by my rant about JD’s Tennessee Honey. A whiskey liquer I tasted in a hot motel in Fallon, Nevada. Sitting on a bed, drinking it from a paper cup.
I admit that circumstances were not optimal, but I was pretty sure I did whatever I could to give it a proper shot. Still, he brought me another sample last February and I just HAD to try it again in a more appropriate setting.
A lot fuller than I remember and it doesn’t have the scent of wet cardboard. Sharper and spicier too which I find surprising for something this smooth. Honey of course, pretty floral. Wood, cinnamon and bread pudding. Rather fruity after a minute with soft and sweet peaches. It does becomes drier and spicier after a few minutes.
The palate is still very doughy, like I found it the first time around. It still has the honey/sugar glaze from old fashioned doughnuts. Far, far better than I remember with loads of crusty icing sugar and quite a bit drier too. In a very good way. Tastes more of booze than of syrup.
The finish is more in the Jack Daniel’s style with proper whiskey flavours and some wood too. The honey glaze is omnipresent but I find candied lemon rind as well and powdered coconut.
I have to admit, I like this stuff. A lot. It’s not whiskey but it’s a very nice change of pace and I can see this going very well with desserts. Ice cream, pecan pie, that kind of stuff. I also really enjoy the fact that it still tastes quite a bit like whiskey and didn’t give up much quality to add the honey liquer.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, OB, 35%, € 30, available at The Whisky Exchange.