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A collection of single barrels with unusually high evaporation make up the 2021 Coy Hill special release in Jack Daniel's Heritage Series for the year. This particular single barrel clocks in at an eye-watering 72.25% ABV and marks one of several proofs available in the annual release. Coy Hill has since been re-released as a small batch release for 2022. Distilled in August of 2012 and bottled in September of 2021, this carries some pretty decent age to it. Let's dig in.
Wildly expressive. Powerful, oaky, packed with maple, brown sugar, banana chips, ethanol and a hefty clove note.
Viscous, powerful, spirit driven and frankly punishing. This is one to let rest on the palate for a few moments. Bitter oak, root beer candies, red fruits like cherry and raspberry, a touch of anise develop as it dilutes on your palate slowly. There's no doubting it's a hot, hot whiskey. The bitterness is an interesting note here, but it helps round out the profile nicely.
Long finish. This is perhaps the best part, an unreasonably intense combination of anise, root beer candies, banana chips, vanilla bean, honey, toffee and a big wallop cinnamon and clove. The finish reminds me of every flaming dessert I've ever seen go by in a restaurant.
Overall, this is an experience. A bottle of this could last me 10 years. You have to want this exact pour every time that you have it. It's brash, powerful, composed, complex and entirely unique. It's also 72% freakin' percent ABV, so - drink responsibly.