Jim Beam Black Kentucky Bourbon (USA)

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  • My Rating: C+

Some facts about Bourbon Whiskey via Wiki:

  • made up of at least 51% corn with the remainder being rye, barley, and wheat
  • aged in new charred-oak barrels
  • straight bourbon has been aged 2+ years with nothing else added

Jim Beam Black, 43% ABV – 750ml, (Clermont, Kentucky, USA)

  • Style: Kentucky Bourbon
  • Taste Profile: Sweet caramel/raisin/chocolate/cola -> major tingly/alcohol burn -> warm/jagged tingly finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer listed, 2/2013)
  • How much: $24.45, sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no, not after having tried bottles from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
  • Would I recommend this to non-whiskey drinkers: it’s average, won’t get you hooked on Bourbon

-So this “Black” version of Jim Beam is aged 8 years (twice as long as their original white label) and is higher in ABV, 43% vs. 40%.

Tasting notes (neat, room temp): pours a nice clear caramel brown. Got strong caramel notes mixed with tingly alcohol in the background. Drinks with a somewhat watery viscosity, impending building alcohol burn mixed with 7/10-sweetness and tastes of caramel, raisin, chocolate, cola, transitioning into major tingliness/numbness, 7/10-burn, med-high warmth and somewhat jagged throat-burn finish. Definitely not as clean/smooth as JD but packs more flavour and punch. Pick your poison. Still this Bourbon is pretty entry-level compared to the Eagle Rare 17YO (part of the Buffalo Trace collection mentioned above). Not complaining, just saying – you get what you pay for.

Update (9/11/2015): Now the Jim Beam Blacks are aged 6 years instead of previously 8 years. The 8 is now renamed as Jim Beam Black Double Aged 8 years.