ABV: 40 %
Origin: Tennessee, USA
Type: Tennessee whiskey
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 5
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a bright green apple fruitiness and a fresh newly cut oak. There’s also vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan. After a while unripe bananas start to appear as a thin outer layer, otherwise it keeps its profile throughout. This is very pleasant and easy on the nose. It’s lacking in power, but it still doesn’t feel thin.
Mouth: It starts out extremely mild with a lot of banana fruitiness. After that it becomes somewhat dusty and the oak is once again very fresh and clear. There’s also a brown sugar sweetness and vanilla. The cinnamon is not present, neither is the marzipan. The banana note is getting stronger the longer it stays in the mouth and it seems to be intertwined with the oakiness.
Finish: A fresh, yet mild, breath of eucalyptus fills the mouth and then the oakiness takes over. The green apple note and the vanilla return for a quick visit before the bananas once again team up with the oak. It becomes a little bit chalky down the road, but the finish is very much focused on the fresh oak. This is not a powerhouse nor a complex whiskey, but it is quite tasty nonetheless.
The Old No. 7 is one of the best selling whiskies in the world. The mash bill consists of 80 % corn, 12 % barley and 8 % rye. It’s aged for at least 4 years and it’s charcoal filtered before bottling.