Review: Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

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Happy holidays everyone. Hopefully you’re finishing up all your Christmas shopping and can finally sit back and enjoy a drink (or two). This week we’ve got another great review for you, reviewing Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. In light of the Holiday season we’re also teaming up with Jack Daniels to sponsor an AWESOME giveaway coming up later this week. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Don’t miss out on your chance for a really cool giveaway but for now check out our review.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique honey liqueur crafted by the JD team to give it its own unique taste. It wasn’t the first “Honey Bourbon” on the market and it wasn’t the last either but it’s grown to become one of if not thee most popular brands at bars around the country. I can remember when Wild Turkey launched American Honey in 2007, it was a big deal, and every bar was making shooters and drinks to show off the cool new spirit. They were branded as the first and only bourbon based honey liqueur but competitors took notice and changed that quick and in 2011 Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey was born.

First Impression:  I’ve always loved Jack Daniels packaging. That distinct square bottle, the old school stencil, it all works. It’s more of the same with Tennessee Honey but with changes to the color scheme this time. Gone is the bold black label and white letters instead replaced with lighter tones of yellow and gold to fit the theme of honey bourbon. The liquor itself has a beautiful amber-yellowish color that looks exactly like a bottle of honey. One thing that sticks out though, unlike real honey and unlike many of the other similar brands on the market the liquid doesn’t look as thick in the bottle. It’s got a really sweet aroma, and almost no notice of whiskey behind it.

Tasting Notes: It’s kind of surprising to read this is 35% alcohol. There’s almost no alcohol burn until the very last bit of it lingers on your tongue and starts to warm the throat. It’s a sweet liqueur for sure, but it’s got great balance between the sweetness of honey flavor blended with cinnamon and spiciness. As we mentioned earlier, the liquid didn’t look thick at all in the bottle and after tasting it we can confirm it’s not. Our biggest gripe with American Honey or Evan Williams Honey was the sticky residue left on your fingers, glasses, and anything else it touches. As I sit here typing Lori just walked in,chugged a bit straight from the bottle, and said “tastes” like maple syrup. So there you have it.

Price: $21.99 ish [750/ML]

Final Word: Sometimes it pays off to not be first. You get the chance to take something good and make it better. Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey is by far our favorite of the honey bourbons on the market. It’s ridiculously sip-able right out of the bottle, can be used to make a wide range of quick or complex cocktails, and it isn’t super sticky like several competing honey liqueurs on the market. If you aren’t a fan of the sweet stuff you’ll disagree, but for fans of flavor infused bourbons you can’t go wrong with this one.



Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey sample provided courtesy of the brand.

P.S. – Don’t forget to check back Monday for an awesome Giveaway!

Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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