Jim Beam Black Label
The Black edition from Jim Beam is a marriage of whiskeys aged for 8 years before bottling at 43%, slightly higher than the standard bourbon proof, proffering greater complexity.
The nose is quite complex and well-balanced. There are notes of crème anglaise and butterscotch, mixed dried peels and nuts, a hint of aniseed and lovely cereal sweetness. The palate is full and thick with fruit. There are notes of vanilla fudge and honey, cereal sweetness, plenty of rye with a hint of cooked fruit. The finish is of good length with a touch of toasty oak spice.
A good bourbon.
At its price point, nothing can touch it for drinkability. And no, it's not in the same price range as Elijah Craig. If you're familiar with regular Beam, Black has less sugar tones and a nice charred finish. Neat drinkers can easily skip the rocks. My scotch drinking has fallen off, and Black is the reason.
22nd April 2015
Not very sweet. Not very harsh.
10th April 2015
Half these people are drunk when
Complaining about a most refined
Kentucky bourbon as black label
Is the best there is.
8th December 2014
Overpriced and Underdeveloped
I'm enjoying s me right now.
14th September 2014
A simple, linear, unsophisticated and quite mundane commercial spirit lacking any profound complexity or nuance. Hot, dry and somewhat bitter, this product tastes like it was aged for 8 weeks rather than years. Generally unappealing neat, perhaps tenable mixed. For a few extra bucks, Elijah Craig is in a whole different solar system.
5th September 2014
TRY IT ON THE ROCKS.EXCELLENT STUFF.
AV RAMPERSAD/TRINIDAD/WEST INDIES.