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Ah bourbon! It`s what eventually pushed me toward scotch whiskys. Recently, I purchased and tasted more then my fair share of bourbon. Sure the price her in Quebec of bourbon whiskey is far lower then even the lowest priced scotch. But more then the price motivated me: I love the stuff.
Stepping away from my usual supects from Lynchburg, I went to Kentucky to find another good ol' Sour Mash: the Jim Beam Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Aged 8 years (they called it "Double Aged") in brand new heavily scorched american oak barrel in their hwarehouse, this whisky is a nice dark somehow redish-brown gold, a bit like some Courvoisier cognac, another Fortune Brands owned spirit.
The nose is classic: bourbon vanilla with some sweet coal and honey.
The thin almost watery body brings forth a hard butter candy arrival followed by pepper that turns into orange peel. It then develops further back into butter to then finish thing up in wood and charcoal.
The after taste is sacharine and orange peel, all soft and smooth but lingers on for quiate a bit.
Amazing bang for the bucks. The pepper notes are a nice surprise that shake things up and make it quite enjoyable.
Much less sweet then Gentleman Jack and less smoky then Johnnie Walker Black Label, but it could give it a run for it's money.