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.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.