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    When did JBW change to four years old?

    I apologize if this has been covered already but my search turned up nothing. Anyways, I had my last pour of JBW about 4 years ago. I bought a 200ml botle for a few bucks and noticed it stated on the back label that it was thirty-six months old. As unexciting as it was, I never gave it much thought since then, until the other day I looked at a bottle at the liquor store just for giggles and now it says it's aged a full 4 years. When did Beam make this change? I'll admit I don't keep up on every piece of bourbon news out there, but I think I would have noticed this one if it was published.

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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    I wouldn't swear that it has *always* been four years old by any means, but I don't think this was a recent development. You may be misremembering or perhaps got it confused with Old Crow?
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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    Jim Beam White was 7 years old when I first began buying it and the age has decreased over the years to 4 at present.

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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    Interesting. I'd be curious if JBW from back then tastes like Jim Beam Black today...
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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    In Kentucky for years you have been able to buy both 4 year old (or NAS) and 7 year old Beam White. I've not looked recently to see if both still exist.
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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    When it was introduced the Black was designed to be a step up from the White (older, higher proof) with a richer, fuller flavor so I wouldn't say the White has ever shared a similar taste profile with the Black.

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    When did JBW change to four years old?

    The 7 year white is still in KY. It has a red cap, or a red label near the cap. Something along those lines to distinguish it.

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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    Hmm, I swear it was a JBW bottle that said 36 months old. It definitely wasn't Old Crow. Could be faulty memory, wouldn't be the first time.

    Eric

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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    not hardly, all of beams bourbon are way different than they used to be. I have some JBW from 79, beats anything on the market they have today.

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    Re: When did JBW change to four years old?

    Yes, the 7 year old on the market today is not a continuation of the original line, rather it's just another 80 proofer with a bit more age on it.

 

 

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