While Jack Daniel’s brand doesn’t need further introductions, there have been a lot of speculations about difference between Black Label and Green Label.
Both expressions are made of the same mashbill (80% corn, 8% rye and 12% malted barley), both undergo mellowing process and both are bottled at 40% abv. The difference lies in barrel selection – Green Label generally comes form the lower ricks of the warehouse while Black Label comes from the middle ricks and is aged little longer (top ricks are generally reserved for Single Barrel bottlings). The temperature on the bottom floor of the warehouse is lower than on the top, what slows down the aging process. Consequently Green Label is a lighter whiskey but definitely not of lesser quality.
Nose: smooth, vanilla, toffee, burnt toast, breakfast cereals, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and touch of bananas.
Palate: buttered popcorn, vanilla, charred oak, toasted bread, dash of cinnamon and hints of licorice.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, oak char, burnt toast and dash of pepper.