Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Lydia Martin
Jack Daniel’s has been dropping exclusive editions that you rarely find. And it’s really frustrating thinking you can’t get special releases from your favorite whiskey brand.
But good news, the distillery announced Jack’s Triple Mash and Jack Daniel’s Bonded Tennessee Whiskey as the first two permanent expressions in their new Bonded Series.
While both are bottled-in-bond whiskeys, the differences between the two dictate which is better.
If you’re stuck at the liquor store, thinking twice, we’ve prepared this comparison between Jack Daniel’s Bonded vs Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash Whiskey.
Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash & Jack Daniel’s Bonded Compared
Jack Daniel’s Bonded and Triple Mash Whiskey are BiB with the same proof, but the latter gives a more satisfying body.
We like how bold Jack’s Triple Mash whiskey is, but it’s gentle and manageable. The character is close to perfection from the nose to the finish.
JD’s Triple Mash is a blended straight whiskey made from the combo of three BiB straight whiskeys:
- Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, 60%
- Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, 20%
- Jack Daniel’s American Malt, 20%
On the other hand, JD’s Bonded Tennessee Whiskey is also good but lacks body and finish. But the edge of this bottled-in-bond whiskey is it performs better in mixed drinks.
Mash bill comprises the traditional recipe: 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye .
How They Differ
|Jack Daniel’s Bonded||Jack Daniels Triple Mash|
|Average Price||Approx. $29.99 (700ml)||Approx. $32.99 (700ml)|
|Age Statement||NAS (4 years min.)||NAS (4 years min.)|
|Palate||First sip delivers orange peel notes, followed by rich oak, vanilla, fruit notes (cherry and apple)||On the palate boasts rye and corn, followed by ripe fruit, nutty banana bread, and rye spice|
|Color||Light amber with orange shades||Deep amber|
|Nose||Aromas of orange peel and warm vanilla, with cherry and banana notes||Aromas of oak soaked in rain, with hints of clove, vanilla, banana, and rye spice|
|Finish||Quite short with cherry and cinnamon hints||Long with caramel, baking spice, and rye spice|
|How It’s Served||Best served over ice or in a cocktail drink||Best served on the rocks|
Jack Daniel’s Bonded
Orange peel hints from the nose linger on the palate with banana, oak, and mellow vanilla notes. We’re not satisfied with its body; it feels thin, but it’s not bad.
“The Jack Daniel Distillery has been making exceptional American whiskey to the highest standards for generations, before and after the Bottled in Bond Act, dating back to the days of Mr. Jack himself. Jack Daniel’s Bonded and Triple Mash are a nod to our heritage with a touch of innovation and craftsmanship. These whiskeys are another opportunity for our friends and new drinkers to explore and discover what Jack Daniel’s has to offer.”— Chris Fletcher, Master Distiller
The warmth of vanilla and the citrusy hints of orange peel welcomes the nose.
Then, Jack’s signature notes of banana show up, along with cherry and sweet caramel.
We’re disappointed with its shirt finish, but the warm cinnamon spice makes up for the lacking. The short finish has some sweet hints of caramel without any off-flavors.
Tip: We don’t want you to run out of bottles to enjoy, so we recommend these alternatives:
- Old Forester BiB, 43% ABV ($23.99 /750ml (MSRP)
- Gentleman Jack, 40% ABV ($26 /750ml (MSRP)
- The packaging of this bonded Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey was inspired by the design of the 1895 JD bottle.
- Released in 2022, this drink is exclusively available in the US.
- Available in 700ml, instead of the usual 750ml.
Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash
Medium-bodied, and we like how it coats the mouth with the different flavors of fruit (apple, apricot, and cherry), nutty banana biscuit, and a bit of rye spice.
Oaky, banana, rye spice, and clove aromas come out from the glass. There’s a hint of ethanol, but it quickly fades.
This J. Daniel’s Triple Mash Blended whiskey gives a satisfying finish. It’s long-lasting, with the spice of rye getting bolder, combined with the baking spice and caramel hints.
Tip: If you don’t feel like this triple blend, we have more alternatives for you to try:
- Jack’s Old No. 7, 40% ABV (around $27 /750ml (Drizly)
- Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash, 40% ABV (around $32 /750ml (Drizy)
- This bottled-in-bond expression is distilled using a blend of three bonded JD expressions: Jack Daniel’s American Malt, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, and JD’s regular Tennessee whiskey.
- The blend of spirits used in this spirit is all distilled in a single season in a government-bonded warehouse within Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Jack Daniels Bonded vs Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash Price & Value
These bonded and triple blend whiskeys, now permanent expressions, from Jack Daniel’s are both affordable, given their high-quality character.
- The Triple Mash Blended Straight Whiskey costs around $32.99 per 700ml (MSRP).
- The JD’s Bonded Whiskey costs around $29.99 per 700ml (MSRP).
If you’re after the proof, both are bottled at 50% ABV, and comparing their price, JD’s bonded is a better option since it’s cheaper.
But if you’re into the overall profile, Triple Mash is well worth the price, just a few bucks higher than the price of the bonded one.
Which came first, Jack Daniel’s Bonded or Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash?
The whiskey that came first is bonded by Jack Daniel’s, the first release of the BiB Series. Then, it was followed by the Triple Mash as the second release.
Is Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash smoother than Jack Daniel’s Bonded?
Yes. Triple Mash is smoother than JD’s bonded. Although Triple Mash is a bolder blend, it’s not harsh. Actually, it’s also good for sipping besides over ice.
Is Jack Daniel’s Bonded a better sipping whiskey than Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash?
Jack’s bonded is a better sipper if you’re into sweet whiskeys. But Triple Mash is a better sipper if you like rich notes and flavors.
One of my favorite kinds of whiskey is Bottled-In-Bond , and Jack Daniel’s is a wonderful example of how big brands can still produce great value whiskey at an affordable price.
And with regards to BiB from JD, Bonded and Triple Mash are standard.
But if we need to choose between the two, we prefer the Triple Mash over Bonded.
It’s a complete package. We’re greatly satisfied with how the nose, palate, body, and finish delivers. Besides, it’s high in quality and proof. Most importantly, it’s a great value for money.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.