Distillery: Jim Beam (Clermont, KY)
From The Distiller: “Elegant. Smooth. Refined. That’s what 4 years of aging in newly charred American white oak barrels does to our bourbon.”
One of the most produced whiskeys on market, Jim Beam is a staple of drink specials everywhere.
The nose is simple. Ethanol, corn husk, cheerios, and vanilla. Straightforward and unapologetically dry and earthy. The body is full with a little more heat than we personally would like for a bourbon of this proof. The palate is full of roasted oak, earthy muddle spice, roasted oak, and a light play of turpentine and creme brulee peak through. The finish is strong with charcoal, ethanol, and sweet corn.
With the strong earthy bourbon flavor and the consistent undertones of noticeable alcohol notes, we understand why most mix it with something sweet to balance it out and mask some of the bite. However, at the price it makes a phenomenal mixer, and it’s popularity and success can’t be denied.