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  1. #11
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    It's quite versatile but I have to catch it on sale, otherwise it's a bit overpriced.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    It's quite versatile but I have to catch it on sale, otherwise it's a bit overpriced.
    I'm with the Squire. I used to buy JBB by the handle for about $25 as a regular pour. Now that it is almost that much for a 750, there are more attractive options.
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    This one is fun to experiment with adding water to. To my tastes, it changes more than many other bourbons with water.

    I would pick it up if you've never had it before and it's on sale. It's on my list to get this month for $15 around here.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Not worth the money. EWB is much better and half the price (in AZ, anyway).

    For $20 and under, I'd rather take OWA, Fighting Cock, BT, OGD BiB, or a handle of EWB, among others.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    I enjoy it, but prefer KB100 instead. After you get past the beam oak that you either like or don't, it has a simple caramel, chocolate and graham cracker taste to it that makes it a real treat to drink, and an easy one at 86 proof. Definitely worth $20. I find it is underrated and skipped on quite a bit.

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    Jim Beam Black Label?

    I also like JBB quite a bit. When I want a straight-forward non-complex table bourbon, it's a go-to bottle for me. I concur with the strongly positive flavor characteristics already noted above. I'd add to those that it has no weaknesses. Nose, flavor, finish all nicely balanced.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Quote Originally Posted by zillah View Post
    I enjoy it, but prefer KB100 instead. After you get past the beam oak that you either like or don't, it has a simple caramel, chocolate and graham cracker taste to it that makes it a real treat to drink, and an easy one at 86 proof. Definitely worth $20. I find it is underrated and skipped on quite a bit.
    KB stands for... Kentucky... ?
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    KB stands for... Kentucky... ?
    I believe he's talking about Kirkland Brand (which is Beam juice, sold at Costco)... I've seen many agree that the quality/flavor is right between JBB and KC, haven't tried it yet myself.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    I have bought several bottles of this over the course of three years and each bottle has been a bit different. If you can find the version that specifically states 8 years, i'd get it for 20 bux.

    Over all, it seemed like JB was trying to get the flavor profile to match that of JD. Just my taste buds...
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    When I really started becoming a bourbon enthusiast, I didn't especially care for the one and only bottle I tried. Seemed somewhat medicinal, and not nearly as good as KC. They had a sale last month and I bought myself another bottle. What a difference. Whereas I would have rated the older bottle dead last in comparison to all the 86 proofers I had on hand (against EWB, OGD, Old Forester, etc.) , I'd now rate it as perhaps the best in that range. With this bottle at least, it seems like a slightly tamer, softer, KC. Thumbs up, for this bottle at least!

 

 

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