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  1. #21
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    The Black Label is a solid, whiskey by all measures. Good neat, with a cube or two, or mixed with ginger ale. I do prefer the Beam White 7 yr to it, though. A little more sweetness, oilier, not as dry, and more of the Beam house style, AKA "Beam yeasty funk" (of which I am one of 3 people on the planet who likes that aspect of Beam bourbons. )
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  2. #22
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    KB stands for... Kentucky... ?
    Oops, I meant to say KC100 as in Knob Creek 100 also known as the Small Batch.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Joe, You might have a fourth to join your small group of Beam yeast funk lovers. The JBB has always impressed me. Taste is always first and foremost with me but sometimes dinner parties and the like have some superficial types that want to impress others. I'm not above playing this game. I grew up going to dinner parties where the classy guys drove Caddies, drank Michelob, and wore spiffy white Alan Edmonds loafers because that way it was in the 70's. In the average non-bourbon loving world, JBB is "the good stuff" in 2013 where I live. Even though anyone reading this knows it is a mid-shelfer (where most my bread is buttered FWIW) When I bring Jim Beam Black to a party I know I am going to enjoy it on the rocks but I have no problem pouring a little coke or ginger ale or water on it for those that want it. That is the beauty of the JBB pour. And my Twin Cities source has it for 25.99 a handle. Everybody wins!

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Good price for a handle, here they want almost that much for a 750.

  5. #25
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Howdy,

    For the last several years, JBB was my nightcap choice with cola and two ice cubes. JBB strikes a reasonable balance between economy and quality, with it's char and raisin tones. Recently I've discovered Old Forester Signature for the same price and it's my new favorite, although I keep JBB in the bullpen.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    The Black Label is a solid, whiskey by all measures. Good neat, with a cube or two, or mixed with ginger ale. I do prefer the Beam White 7 yr to it, though. A little more sweetness, oilier, not as dry, and more of the Beam house style, AKA "Beam yeasty funk" (of which I am one of 3 people on the planet who likes that aspect of Beam bourbons. )
    I am sure you weren't counting me since you don't know me, but make that 4.

  7. #27
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    There are better overall bourbons at $20, OGD 114 is around $22..but JBB has a unique profile of sweet, funky, apple juice, and chocolate. I like it.

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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    I'm not really a Beam hater, but I like OGD BIB quite alot better than Beam Black.
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  9. #29
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Beam Black (in the old style square bottles) is on sale for $13.78 at my favorite whisk(e)y monger so I pulled the trigger, and I am very glad I did. It'd been a while since I had it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's pretty sweet, but I never did mind that. My second pour of it was on the rocks, and to be honest, I preferred it neat. It generally came off as... well, exactly as it is: the 8 year old little brother of its' bad-ass elder brother, Booker's. I just had a pour of Booker's in a bar a week or so ago and you can definitely taste the resemblance. I happen to think Booker's is excellent, excellent whiskey, and Beam Black is a worthy little cousin. Especially at $15 out the door. I put it in the category of some of the HH Bonds I like: such good, sturdy table whiskey.
    Last edited by Parkersback; 05-14-2013 at 17:30.
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    Re: Jim Beam Black Label?

    Worthy indeed and a bargain at that price.

 

 

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