For all of you alcohol drinkers, you’ll definitely know what Jack Daniel’s is.
Even for a beginner like me, the mix of a Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Coke is a combination known around the world.
So of course, when 7-11 decided to sell a pre-packaged version of the drink, I wasn’t terribly surprised, to be honest.
I was more surprised when I took a sip of it, but we’ll talk more about that below.
So the first thing that gets me is the fanciness of the bottle. Dark, broody, and ready to let you know it’s got 4.8% Alcohol by Volume (ABV).
Made in Australia. That’s the home of chicken parmigiana, so I expected good things.
Also, I blame the fancy look, but this stuff is $7.50 a pop. The thing ain’t cheap.
So, my colleagues decide to crack it open, and the first thing that hit me was the overwhelming smell. Frankly, the whiskey overpowers the coke scent by a pretty big margin.
Mild doubt set in until it was poured out, and the fizz became clearly visible.
It looks exactly the same. I thought our office lights were doing some magic, but there’s honestly no difference.
The Taste Test
So the glass got passed around a few of us Goody Feed peeps, and eventually, it fell upon me to review it.
And the taste was…something?
The first sip doesn’t make you think any different. Regular, thin, sugary Coke. In fact, it tasted almost exactly like a normal can.
And then the burst happens a bit after.
The whiskey flavour hits the back of your throat soon and the wispy taste of the alcohol floods your mouth…
…and all of it vanishes soon after. Like it barely even happened, it still mostly tasted like regular coke.
The most noticeable thing about this drink is that aftertaste that lingered in my mouth. It’s just this warm, cloudy sensation at the back of your throat.
Like, the smell definitely led me to believe it was going to taste extremely strong, but all in all I felt slightly let down?
A little backstory to read on the bottle if you so choose.
So the ingredients are as follows: Caffeine, approximately 1.3 standard drinks, 4.8% ABV, carbonated water, Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (12% by volume), sugar, colours (Caramel 150d), food acid and preservatives.
Let’s take a quick comparison to regular Coke: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Colour (Caramel 150d), Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavourings Including Caffeine.
Pretty similar, except the whiskey content, it seems. No wonder the taste seemed pretty similar overall.
I guess if you like the aftertaste of whiskey, you can go for it. I’m personally pretty impartial about it. The smell is still the most interesting part.
It’s not a BAD drink, by the way, I just don’t think it serves much purpose unless you’re lazy to get alcohol separately for the party.
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