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Happiest Hour: Single barrel at The Badlander


  • Photo by Derek Brouwer
What you’re drinking: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel at The Badlander

Why it’s special: Whiskey is aged in wooden casks. Most whiskey products are blended from multiple casks to yield uniform characteristics. Single barrel whiskey, however, is bottled from individual casks, so each batch is unique. The certificate noting the bottling date (2008) and barrel number for The Badlander’s batch is on display.

Why you’re drinking it:
Because the cask this Jack was aged in is on top of the bar, feeding sweet Tennessee mash through a coiled metal pipe into a glass dispenser with a lemonade-type knob.

Say what? Okay, the whiskey doesn’t actually flow from the cask—bartenders say Montana law doesn’t allow it. Instead, the whiskey has been individually bottled and is poured into the dispenser. The tube is just for show.

The damage: $7 for a shot. The burning in your throat is included. But hey, it’s got character.

Where and when to find it: Happy hour at The Badlander lasts from 4 to 9 p.m. at 208 Ryman Street in downtown Missoula.

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