Well I’ve given up at this point for something to not try and ruin my palate, so let’s go with Jim Beam. Thought maybe there is a bit of hope as this is not the standard Jim Beam, but their black which is aged for a whole 8 years.
Something that scotches say – okay that’s fine but now get in bed with these 12 yea- AND that’s the end of that metaphor. Seriously though I heard 8 years aged and I think, well I guess that’s more than 2 months than your standard rotgut, but eh? I mean shit 8 years ago was 2006, and holy crap I’m getting old.
What they Say: “Elegant. Smooth. Refined. That’s what 8 years of aging will do to a bourbon. A premium bourbon with a more flavorful character. Meant to be sipped and savored.
Our premium 86-proof, double-aged bourbon spends 8 years in new charred, white oak barrels. That’s twice as long as original Jim Beam It’s those four extra years of aging that give Jim Beam Black® its full bodied flavor with smooth caramel and warm oak notes.”
Taste: 6.0 – It’s a nice woody but sweet taste.
Aftertaste: 5.0 – Though it mostly goes a bit worse here.
Burn/Smooth: 4.5 – Not a heavy burn, but it’s still there.
Aroma: 6.5 – I don’t hate it, not gonna lie I was thinking this was going to kill me, but it’s par for a whiskey.
Honesty: 6.0 – I mean it’s a bourbon and that extra 4 years does actually give it a much better overall taste than the original, so I suppose it’s not shot itself in the foot here.
w/ Rocks: 4.0 – That somehow extenuates the aftertaste, and makes it worse, i try to save more for the mixing, and I wish i didn’t
Value: 3.0 – That’s not really a price I’d feel comfortable for buying something called Jim Beam, even if this is a slightly higher tier for them, it’s not a higher tier overall.
Google Shop Average: $19
Metric Score: 35.0/70 |+| Metric Average: 5.0 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.5
I think the highest praise I can have is this. If I had to buy a Jim Beam I’d get this. Unless the other option was like – uhh – milkshakes. Why not.