Jack Daniel’s Launches Its Oldest Whiskey In Over A Century

JD’s 12-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey clocks in at 107-proof.

(Jack Daniel’s)

Jack Daniel’s 10-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey was first released in 2021, marking the first time in 100 years that the legendary distillery included an age statement on the label. Those bottles currently trade for several hundred dollars above SRP on the aftermarket, if you can find one.

Fortunately, Jack Daniel’s recently announced the arrival of two more age-stated expressions to meet the considerable demand. The first is Batch 2 of the 10-Year-Old, and the second is a new 12-Year-Old that now serves as JD’s oldest whiskey in over a century.

“The Jack Daniel Distillery is one of the most complete whiskey distilleries in the world, and we’re fortunate to have a deep history to draw inspiration from and craft premium whiskeys in a way that stays true to our heritage of quality and innovation,” said master distiller Chris Fletcher in a statement announcing the new bottles.

“We released our first age-stated whiskey since the early 1900s in this series about a year ago and were thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response. We know there is a lot of excitement for our Aged Series, and we can’t wait to share Batch 2 of our 10-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey along with the first release of our 12-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey.” 

Made with a grain bill of 80 percent corn, 12 percent malted barley, and 8 percent rye, both whiskeys were charcoal-mellowed before being aged in toasted and charred American white oak barrels.

According to the brand, the 12-Year-Old, which clocks in at 107-proof/53.5-percent ABV, boasts sweet and creamy notes of pipe tobacco, seasoned oak, and butterscotch. The 10-Year-Old Batch 2, bottled at 97-proof/48.5 percent ABV, is oak-forward with layers of dark fruit and bittersweet cocoa.

It’s worth noting that Jack Daniel’s 10-Year-Old Batch 1 was almost universally praised by critics, with Whiskey Reviewer writing, “It is recognizable as Jack, but also recognizable as much more than Old No. 7.”

“What I say to fans of Jack Daniel’s is go snag a bottle of this right now, because it is what you should pour to convince your skeptical, bourbon-loving friends to give that distillery in Lynchburg a second look,” the A- review concluded.

Jack Daniel’s 12-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey and 10-Year-Old Tennessee Whiskey Batch 2 go on sale across the United States in March for $70 and $80, respectively.

Head to Jack Daniel’s website to learn more.