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Jim Beam Double Oak

(70cl, 43%)

Jim Beam Double Oak

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Jim Beam Double Oak Bottling Note

There's an old axiom that claims "Two heads are better than one". Can that theory be transferred to whiskey barrels? Jim Beam's Double Oak might answer that question. You see, they initially mature this bourbon in freshly charred American oak barrels, and then move the whiskey over to a fresh set of freshly charred American oak barrels for the second part of its maturation!

A worthy replacement for the now discontinued Jim Beam Black.

Try in a Peach Smash:

  • 50ml Jim Beam Double Oak

  • 20ml fresh lemon juice

  • 20ml peach puree or 1/2 a muddled fresh peach

  • 15ml sugar syrup

    Add the ingredients above to a shaker with cubed ice and shake hard for 4 seconds. Strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon wedge.

  • Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Full-bodied vanilla, old oak, milk chocolate and a kick of cardamom.

    Palate: Subtly peppery/oak-y at first. Soon enough, waves and waves of vanilla ice cream bring balance to the palate. A few touches of fruity malt.

    Finish: Charred oak toastiness lingers long on the finish.

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    Jim Beam Double Oak Reviews

    Better than ever

    Lovely little pick me up

    30th September 2020

    Go for the complex oak with some smoke on the finish

    True to its price. Wild Turkey 101 is my preferred bourbon. Jim Beam Double Oak is my second preferred now. Tried JD No.7 and Bulleit 95 too, but couldnt find peace with them. Pour a dram and leave it aside for a few minutes before you sip neat or perhaps add a drop of water. Brings out the character.
    For reference: I enjoy Paul John Bold, Amrut Indian Single Malt, Sir Edwards Blended, Jameson Caskmates/Stout and Black & White.

    9th August 2020


    Undewhelming. Essentially a slighly lighter version of Knob Creek standard bourbon. Doesn't feel like double oaked at all. If you are craving oak, then I would go for Woodford reserve double oak instead - just way better.

    4th August 2020

    Improved version on the original

    I think of Jim Beam White label as a mixer bourbon. This double cask is the drinking version. It's rich, sweet, spicy and complex. Try it warm neat, with ice, or a dash of water. probably the best tasting bourbon I've had for under £25.

    28th June 2020

    More complex with each sip

    Very moreish butterscotch vanilla toastiness. By the 3rd or 4th sip, the finish becomes somewhat saltier like buttered popcorn. I like it.

    25th June 2020

    Worth a £20 spend, good starter bourbon

    Never tried bourbon but saw this on at £20 so why not. Great nose to this, richer and sweeter than the Irish pot stills I drink. Has a smooth taste, nice and mellow on the tongue and heat in the throat. A splash of water takes the heat out of it.

    A nice way to spend £20. Bizarre discovery ; this goes really really well with crispy duck and hoisin sauce.

    3rd June 2020


    Not a Beam fan. There mass market products are so disappointing. However, when I saw the double oak I am always willing to give a try. I think in the end the outcome was to be expected. This is white label rebarreled for no more than a year, likely less maybe 6 months to a year. Anyway, no surprise in such a short time all it picks up is charcoal. Amazing a producer of Bookers/Knob Creek and Basil Hayden/Old Grand Dad releases this stuff. I get it, obviously it works...good thing we have choices. At $20'ish the obvious alternatives are Old Forester 100, Old Bardstown BIB or Weller Special Reserve if you would consider a wheated.

    15th April 2020

    My First Whiskey

    I have never really had whiskey before but decided i would try some new things. the first few tastes were just pure alcohol/ethanol, but once i opened up to it and started really searching for the tastes i found a real niceness to it. it burns quite a bit for me but again i have never really had strong alcohol before. I look forward to tasting more whiskies now because of this.

    29th March 2020

    Make this your Jim Beam sipper.

    After trying the white label years ago, this is a huge improvement. Rich with hints of custard and clementine and satsuma after the long finish, very nice.

    20th December 2019

    Not for everyone and deffo not bland

    If you like the bourbon flavour, then basically this is a strong flavoured bourbon, plenty of vanilla and a nice kick. I’m recently ventured into bourbon from scotch and must admit I find these flavours a nice change and very interesting. Don’t bother if you’re stuck in your ways with a ‘type’ of scotch but otherwise enjoy!

    19th November 2019

    Not half bad... drier & spicier than I expected

    Wait... what? A replacement for the Black Label? I had no idea. I mean, it's not like that was spectacular by any means, but it had some very sentimental connections. I'll have to see if anyone has any bottles knocking around.

    Anyway... Double Oak. Drier than I expected for something dosed twice with the vanillins of the oak, and that's quite pleasing. Interesting to note the comments about being too sweet - I'm not getting that at all, and I LOVE a sweet bourbon, but then I haven't got their taste-buds. The vanilla is aromatically present, but the overall effect for me is more spicy and woody. As you'd probably imagine, given the above, makes a perfectly respectable Manhattan.

    22nd October 2019


    American whiskey that can’t be sent in America!

    9th June 2019

    Nice, but I'd take the white label over this...

    I would describe it as similar to the White Label but sweeter. A bit too sweet for me I might add.

    4th April 2019

    Good bourbon

    Smooth. Toasted oak bourbon.

    16th December 2018

    Beautiful Bourbon

    Absolute Nectar !!!

    24th October 2018

    A great tasting treat of a bourbon.

    I like what I like and try not to be swayed by the mass opinion about what I ‘should’ like just based on price or reputation. I like this.. a lot! I initially found the vanilla taste too strong and sickly but now I get caramel and maple syrup with a lingering afterburner of perfect intensity. This is my weekend special treat bottle. I usually drink JB white which is nice in a bland way. That only goes to let this one shine so much more when I drink it straight. You may not like this but neither of us would be wrong. For the price it’s absolutely worth a go!

    2nd August 2018


    It's ok for mixing, but cheap taste.

    5th May 2018

    Very good expression, solid bourbon.

    Amazing step up from the White Label. Sweet and peppery, oak bites just a bit but I haven't added any water. Good green, woody aftertaste. Defo gonna get a bottle of it (tasted it in a local pub last night).

    18th February 2018

    Solid daily drinker

    Solid bourbon that isn't overly sweet. The nose is very nice, and there's a good bit of spicy pepper to go with the oaky, vanilla sweetness on the palate. The finish is decent and rather dry. There's more complexity in this than the White Label or Devil's Cut, but is by no means a premium bourbon, and it can't take any water without going completely flat. For the price point, it's a good buy and a solid daily drinker.

    5th February 2018

    Simply unpleasant and aweful

    This is an absolutely terrible bourbon. It has a very unpleasant taste. I don't understand how it has received such favorable reviews.

    For the same amount of money, you are much better off purchasing Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, McKenna 10 year, or any of the Four Roses bottles.

    20th January 2018

    Well worth a try

    Tried this for the first time today. Usually I stick to single malts but have been known to try a bourbon or two. This one, I think, is very good indeed. There's plenty of vanilla and lots of spiciness which lasts a long time. Better than the white label and JD in my opinion, but I'm no bourbon expert.

    28th December 2017

    Very good bourbon. Will highly recommend to friends

    Spot on for the price. After reading your tasting notes I tried another taste and found the vanilla you described.

    17th August 2017

    Very good value at this price

    It may not be the worlds best bourbon, but at this price it might well be the best value.

    5th July 2017

    Excellent whiskey!!

    Crisp charcoal lyrics with a very smooth finish :)

    18th May 2017


    A little bit disappointed with this one. I wasn't overly impressed with the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and thought the double ageing might work better with a bourbon like Jim Beam, but the flavour is nothing but oak, with nothing else especially pleasant about it. It's perfectly drinkable, but nothing special. Jim Beam white label, while nothing special, is in my opinion far better value than this one is.

    15th January 2017

    Impressive bourbon

    Was a bit sceptical with this being Jim Beam but was quite impressed. It's smooth with good character. A bit like Bulleit but slightly more complex, a good addition at an affordable price point.

    29th December 2016

    Great value for a very solid pour

    This has exactly the flavour you would expect it to have as a premium Beam product but sits very nicely in the current range. It's spicy with a lengthy enough finish that it's clearly the middle child between Beam and Knob Creek. As long as the price point sits there too, it's worth having a bottle to hand.

    29th September 2016


    Outside of regular white Jim Beam, the brand has a reputation for some of its spinoffs being a bit gimmicky (Honey, Red Stag, Maple, Apple etc.). I'm pleased to announce that this double oak stuff is nothing of the sort, and has a richness and maturity to it that takes regular Jim Beam to the next level. Unsurprisingly you're met with a big, bold hit of oak, but it's not overpowering, and it benefits from a smoothness not as pronounced in regular Jim Beam. It's still got those lovely corn and sweet rye notes of traditional JB, but with a more rounded, grown-up finish compared to its little brother. Well worth a try.

    24th May 2016

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