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Jim Beam Rye

(70cl, 40%)

Jim Beam Rye

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Jim Beam Rye Bottling Note

Great value rye whiskey from Jim Beam. It's a favourite of whisky bible author Jim Murray, and won best rye aged under 10 years in 2010, scoring 88 points. The label received a bit of a redesign in 2016, changing from a yellow label to this rather stylish green label.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: The spice is immediately apparent... nutmeg, cloves, freshly-ground black pepper. It's clearly going to pack a punch. There's also some maraschino notes too, with a thick caramel undertone.

Palate: The spice delivery is not immediate; first there's a brief caramel vanilla note before it plunges you in. All the notes from the nose are here, delivered with a pleasant, fiery warmth.

Finish: This rounds off to smooth cherry and pepper, with a slightly citric sweetness.

Overall: Right. This is simply great for the sub-£30 price tag. I'm off to make an old fashioned...

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Jim Beam Rye Reviews

A decent Rye for under £25, yes please.

Love it.

4th June 2020


Not bad, works really well as a mixer.

29th November 2019

A Nice Whiskey

A very nice, balanced whiskey. I find the adverse comments puzzling.

9th October 2019

Not earth-shattering, perfectly OK in cocktails

Makes perfectly acceptable, swiggable Manhattan, which is what I bought it for. Nothing to write home about when drunk straight. It's...OK. Damned with faint praise, I suppose!

A side note though, prompted by reading other reviews: Canadian Whiskey is not necessarily rye whiskey, per se, even if it's often referred to as such. There needn't be much rye in it for it to be called Canadian Rye Whiskey, and not everyone realises that. Why does that matter? Well, simply because it gives a bit of context to some of the comments about how this stacks up...

16th May 2019

Great Rye at any price. Good mixer. Go To.

Great value for $. I remember when this & Old Overholt were about all on the shelf usually. It's a fine Rye without pretensions still, even in a world of MGP pretenders (of course I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just that the dominance of marketing BS is).

30th April 2019

Witholding Basic Info

It peeves me that the mash bill and aging is kept secret. I like to know what I'm working with; therefore, although this is a pretty smooth and decent whiskey, I will not be purchasing another bottle.

22nd March 2019

Smooth & Tasty

Smooth and tasty, and for a good price. Me likey.

20th March 2019

It's OK. Nothing special

It's OK but not much to it. Isn't that complex get a little bit of spice but it soon dies down. For the price I'd buy bulliet rye over this any day or if you got a little more change spare go for rittenhouse rye.

12th January 2019

Bring back the old one.

I don't care for the new green label Beam Rye. I like the old yellow label Rye.

4th December 2018

I will definately putchase this whiskey in the future.

Well, the first glass was decent but very different than what I was expexting. I saw the rye label and being Canadian assumed it would be a nice rye whiskey..... Yeah, no. My first impression was that it was more like a scotch, I did enjoy it but as I mentioned, not at all what I expected. Then the next evening I had another glass. What a difference, it is very much a bourbon with the warmth of a rye. Finish/after taste is incredibly oaky, which I love. I really enjoy it as a sipping whiskey but would like to try it in an old fashioned. Also, reading other reviews, anyone that gets a hangover from only 2oz of alcohol shouldn't drink.

22nd September 2018

Don’t do it.

Taste is fine and in keeping with what you expect from a Rye. Neither good nor bad, really. The reason for this review is to compare the day after affects between this Rye and Jack Daniels Rye. Jim Beam provided me with a wicked hangover and Jack Daniels didn’t. I never pour more than 2 ounces a night. Never. Jim Beam Rye must be cheaply made in comparison. Ouch and never again, thank you.

7th September 2018

Smooth and a great flavor. I don't detect the subtle flavors the connisoours mention. But I recommend this whiskey to anyone.

I'm a blended scotch drinker. This Jim Beam Rye is the best whiskey I've tasted in many years, outdoing my Johnnie Walker Black favorite. Good job, Jim Beam.

22nd August 2018

So sweet, it must be hiding something

I've never liked Jim, I still don't, I wanted to see if it was different in the 20s, it was worse, this looks like its all artificial colouring, smells like a superbike doing a burnout and tastes like something horrible disguised by too much sugar. This is the worst whiskey I have has in a long time.

25th February 2018


Jim beam rye was always my favorite. However after buying another bottle, I have noticed dramatic change in the taste, probably because of a new batch released. I was greatly disappointed. It tasted just like basic Jim Beam white, may be with a bit more rye spice and a bit less bourbon sweetness.

24th February 2018

Try it

Some of the knocking copy below is downright nasty. Perfectly palatable for the price. The Chaps are more balanced in their judgement.

12th November 2017

Decent value party whiskey

This stuff is very easy drinking, I have no previous experience of rye whiskeys to go on but for the price (£18 at Asda) I class it as something for newbs to switch it up a little. Went down very well with the new initiates at a party while I myself stuck to the Double Oaked, which I find opens up nicely with a little splash of water. More experienced drinkers please take this with a grain of salt.

20th October 2017

This is not rye

I'm from Canada so I know what I'm talking about. It's 45% abv bourbon with a slight rye note. So still a good value, but If you want actual rye try lot 40 or Crown Royal Northern Harvest. This is a bourbon right here. Maybe slightly more dry...

7th October 2017

As said above 45% in US and 75 cal bottle watered down cheap English 40 % rubbish and 70 cl for more of your money's same as every other whiskey in England suckers

Rubbish watered down version of the US same product

6th August 2017

Bulleit Rye Shoot Out

I drink my whiskeys with ice or just neat, no mixers. I have tried a lot of whiskeys but only one other Rye bottle. So my comparison is limited to a direct shoot out with Bulleit Rye whiskey. I prefer the Bulleit Rye beyond words. The Jim Beam isn't actually bad, tastes to me pretty much like ordinary Jim Beam, but it's out of its league. Sure the Bulleit cost a bit more, along with other choices, I'd pay more.
Would suit a Burbon drinker perhaps.

6th June 2017

Unusual twist

I was greatly surprised by this whiskey. Especially given not so favorable reviews on the net.
While being slighltly harsh and dull, which is typical for many rye whiskey, Jim Beam Rye posesses unusual depth. Dryiness of rye breaks through typical burbon corn layers, which gives interesting feeling. This also gently warms and relaxing, which adds to overall pleasure
Recommended for any burbon addicted, as an interesting insight into this realm

18th March 2017


Slough water would make a fitting chaser after this. Good lord, I now know why the pet rock made money...because crap sells!

30th December 2016


8 / 10

18th April 2016

Jim Beam Rye Beams Strongly

Delicious rye whiskey that I have been drinking for over 20 years. Mixes very well in cocktails with flavors lifting through other ingredients to the top of the flavor profile of the cocktail. Great for Sazeracs and Manhattans. This rye whiskey was around years before all of the heavily marketed brands without the lengthy history, leaving one to doubt whether many newer rye whiskies will be around for the long run; but Jim Beam Rye Whiskey will still be standing with great flavor. I have to stop writing now so that I may go have a taste now!

24th May 2015


We picked up a bottle of this while we were stateside to give it a try, Jim Beam should really stick to making Bourbon and I really did expect more. Maybe we are just a little spoiled here being able to pick up a true Rye whiskey... Alberta Springs 10 year old costs less and is considerably better. The Beam will serve as a mixer as it does not lend itself to sipping.

21st October 2014

Don't kid yourself.

Templeton/Old Overholt it ain't. But it's reasonably priced, and despite it's basic flavor notes, very sippable. Not a bad offering from a brand better known for it's bourbon.

7th February 2014

My favorite

I'll agree that it's beautiful on a hot summer night, but I'll also say that this is a wonderful rye on any occasion. Love this stuff. Drink it by the case.

16th May 2013

Well made, without surprises

I do second the author of "Not much there, but refreshing", to drink purely you really don't get too much out of it in terms of taste and complexity. It's rather flat, doesn't rest a long time on your palate, but it's still very different to Jim Beam's white label bourbon while being very elegant and smooth, that's why I can't imagine anything better for mixing Manhattans and Sazeracs and that's why it's, above all critique, great value for the money.

11th November 2012

Not much there, but refreshing.

A thin, crisp whiskey. Does not really taste like a rye. More like a bourbon/rye hybrid. There is no body and it gets boring before the bottle is done. But on a hot summer night, over ice, it can be quite nice, in the way that a shot of cheap scotch can be nice when it's really cold outside. Nothing special here.

13th August 2012

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