Your excitement about getting a bottle of this “single barrel” whiskey may dim somewhat when you read the lengthy alphanumeric code identifying the barrel from which it came. In my case, I’m sampling barrel number 7-4229 from rick number L-35 (warehousing information). So, yes, it’s from a single barrel… but we’re talking about thousands of barrels produced.
As for this barrel, it’s a reasonably pleasant whiskey, a sweeter version of JD that reminded me more of Gentleman Jack than standard grade Jack Daniel’s. Quite bitter and pungent on the finish, the caramel and vanilla notes are overpowered by smoke and tobacco, tar and tough wood. Better with water, but still on the more pedestrian side. Not sure it justifies this kind of fanaticism… but hey, every barrel is different, so there are bound to be some real gems in there, right?