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Jim Beam Black Label

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@OJKReview by @OJK

14th Aug 2010


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Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance are graded out of 2.5 each:

Nose: Luxurious pistachio ice-cream and crunchy nougat, with some fresh sweet-corn thrown in for good measure. A beautiful balance of corn and rye. The Jim Beam Black aroma is such a distinct one, and one that I never grow tired of. 2.5

Taste: Medium bodied and oily. The sweet-corn is the first to bed down on the palate, before a strong oily liquorice takes over, flanked by a mild spice from the rye. 2.0

Finish: Oily black liquorice in between two slices of ginger-cake. Quite short with a touch of jalapeno spice on the exit. 2.0

Balance: A truly complex and distinct bourbon, with its pistachio nut and liquorice character, and one that is so endlessly drinkable. Dressed in its guise of a bar-shelf whiskey, this is very much a premium bourbon for your everyday needs. 2.0

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The Jim Beam Black Label is certainly in my top 5, the distinct smell and flavours, the liquorice flavour backed by spices bring this whisky alive.

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LeBudfrumHull commented

I was really surprised how good this bourbon was when I first tasted it. I wasn't expecting much when I first opened it , but that first sip made my take notice that this was more than just an average bourbon. Now I like it more than Gentleman Jack or Makers Mark, and it cost less than both of those.

12 years ago 0

flyfish commented

Jim Beam (4 year old, White Label) was my introduction to bourbon in 1967. I didn't like it--too rough for my tender young mouth. Last fall I visited the distillery where I met Jim's older brother (8 year old, Black Label). Wow! What a revelation! One of us--or both of us--matured considerable since that first encounter. I prefer slightly higher end bourbons like Knob Creek, Eagle Rare, and Evan Williams Single Barrel but Black Label has become my "everday" bourbon.

12 years ago 0

MyLoSyRo commented

@OJK you nailed it! It's the hint of "ginger-cake". * epiphany * As noted in my profile, JB Black is a staple for me and I always recognized the (ginger) sour-twang on my palate after swallowing but could never put my finger on what it was. It is a very subtle almost sour moment that disappears quickly and that I find enjoyable ....it is sandwiched between the vanilla nose-and-tail of this very enjoyable bourbon. Thank you for your insightful assessment.

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