The fourth edition of Jack Daniel’s fantastic “Master Distiller” series of limited release Tennessee Whiskey, each expression of which honours a different Master Distiller of the famous company.
There have only been 7 Master Distillers during Jack Daniel’s 150 year history. This particular bottling is in honour of the fourth of these, Jess Gamble. Gamble was the first man not related to Jack Daniel himself to be a Master Distiller at the company. He wasn’t even from Lynchburg, Tennessee, known world-wide as Jack Daniel’s spiritual home.
Yet strangest of all, Jess Gamble was a teetotaler. He did not drink at all! Jess was known to be an extremely hard worker, having been part of the road crew that built the thoroughfares around Lynchburg. His reputation was so good he was brought into the company at the not inconsiderable age of 47 by Reagor Motlow. Much of his work was supporting the Master Distiller at the time, Lem Tolley. Jess Gamble had been effectively doing the work of a Master Distiller himself, though without the title.
Although Frank BoBo had been groomed to replace Lem Tolley for some time, the decision was made to delay that appointment and honour Jess Gamble’s lifetime of hard work with a few years holding the title of Master Distiller, a role he completed admirably. Frank Bobo would then become Master Distiller during Jack Daniel’s biggest boom period.
The whiskey itself is a fitting tribute to such a wonderful figure in the distillery’s history. This is a well-crafted spirit that is classic Jack Daniel’s through and through. Rich in barrel char, smooth smokiness, oily corn and oak notes, a little toasted nuts and sweet, fully flavoured vanilla, this whiskey is a beauty.
A slight kick in proof to 43% ABV has improved this dram considerably, allowing the flavours to really take hold.
A fabulous limited edition whiskey, which won’t stick around for long!