Jack Daniel Distillery introduced the No. 27 Gold Whiskey in 2015 as a special edition. JD No. 27 Gold is first aged in the traditional oak barrels then aged a second time in the maple barrel for 6-12 months. The maple barrels were made in Jack Daniel’s own cooperage and is has to get coated with 4-5 layers of beeswax to seal the barrel as the maple does not expand when wet like oak does. Due to this, the distillery is changing their process to age with chunks of maple wood instead of the barrel. The Maple barrels are no longer in production at the cooperage, once they are gone, they are gone. The maple barrels cost 4-5 times of what an oak barrel cost due to the rarity and limited quantity.
We have been lucky enough to secure some pieces of maple JD barrels to use for our pens. They make beautiful conversation pieces and, as always, write like a dream.