Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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Charred Virgin Oak
~75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Distiller Jim Beam (Clermont, Kentucky)

Here we have the best selling bourbon in the world, from the largest bourbon producer in Kentucky. It is 4 years old, distilled to 135 proof (67.5%), put into the barrel at 125 proof (62.5%), with barrels scattered all over the many warehouses at Jim Beam.

Review (2013)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Nose: Lightly fruity, with some apples, caramel, corn chips, dried apple crisps, oak, and a touch of maple – the aroma has many hints of corn and is slightly sour, at times with a bit of unhelpful bitterness also present. There is both a slight rye dustiness is also present, along with some buttery character, likely from the corn. The sour and bitter components are a bit off-key, which is too bad, and overall the nose is a bit lacking. A bit of vanilla comes out with time.

Taste: Corn is quite center-stage here, and is quite present throughout. Starts with some toffee, and then peaches, but shows some development in the finish where some oak emerges with some rye and spice. The rye flourish at the end is a nice effect. But, overall, a little flat at times…

Finish: Light oak, vanilla, cherries, green gooseberries, and lightly dry tannins. The other flavours leave fairly quickly, but the fresh oak is quite nice – much like the smell of a fresh oak barrel or oak stave that has been dried out.

Value: Average. One of my least-liked bourbons, but it’s not expensive and isn’t terrible.