Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Last Night's Tipple
Jim Beam Black Label is a strange Bourbon. Most Bourbons that I have tried either are heavy on dessert flavors and aromas (vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, etc.) or they have lots of spicy characteristics from their rye (most often cinnamon, but sometimes others). Jim Beam Black has neither. I know that it has a not insubstantial amount of rye in its mashbill, but I can't smell or taste the rye kick. It spends 8 years aging in charred barrels, but it doesn't have the vanilla characteristics that come from such aging. I don't understand it. It's not a badly-made Bourbon, but it just doesn't have a lot of what I'm looking for.