Jim Beam Original

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is powdered hard fruit candies and vanilla oak. At first, a vanilla and honey sweetness creates a layer up front. After a second or two a minty freshness emerges together with a dusty fruitiness with apples and cherries. It stays this way for a while, but patience rewards the nose with some caramel and a fresh oakiness. This is a mild and slightly uninteresting nose.

Mouth: At first, it’s dusty sweet corn and vanilla. The fruitiness arrives in increments, but it’s still apples and cherries. There’s a background layer of anise, dried herbs and a tiny hint of dill pickle. After a few seconds the oakiness completely takes over. It’s an extremely fresh oakiness, like newly planed wood.

Finish: The finish starts with a brief reaquaintance with the vanilla, honey and the fruitiness before it moves directly into the oakiness. There’s now a small bitter note piercing through, but it’s still the same oakiness as before. The vanilla comes through as sort of an umbrella sitting over the oak. This is a very mild middle of the road bourbon. There’s nothing especially offensive and nothing really interesting happening, but it still works as a go-to cheap bourbon.

Additional information
This is the best selling bourbon in the world. Beam Suntory won’t reveal the mash bill but it’s said to be 77 % corn, 13 % rye and 10 % malted barley. It’s aged for 4 years in new charred american oak barrels.


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