Jim Beam Tasting Notes

Posted: June 5, 2017 in American Whiskies, Rye

Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye 40%

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is soft an oaky with lots of sweet vanilla and hints of orange and lightly spiced rye. With time a touch of astringent herbal notes appear but the reality is that the rye character is buried under the mountain of oak!

Soft and watery on the palate with burnt caramel oak and very subtle, herbal rye. Hints of orange and rose petal marc-like notes on the middle but it’s really lacking any intensity. Good herbal/ spice finish with an intensity of oak bitterness at the death. Well, at least it shows some balls at the end!

Knob Creek Straight Rye 50%

Tasted: Jan 2016

The nose has the classic knob creek hardness but it is wonderfully juicy and sexy with coffee, slightly herbal rye along with hints of corn, earth, manure, sour fruit and toffee’d oak. However it’s the hard as nails rye that is the star!

The soft corn shows first on the palate along with hints of toasted toffee, which keeps the rye in hand. Hints of violet, earth and finally the hard rye spices come through. Very peppery with the corn returning on the finish but that rye spice lingers and leaves a sour, dry, softly bitter after-taste. This will definitely put hairs on your chest!

Knob Creek Straight Rye 50%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2018

Intense, citric and spicy with sweet violets and a slightly soapy, camomile note. Possibly showing a little more softening corn and oak, so making it not quite as hard and spicy as I remember.

The palate opens with toasted caramel corn and pleasantly spiced rye. Lightly oiled and quite youthful with a very tart, citric middle, Intense, violety and hard spice finish with lingering camomile and cereal.


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